Knee injuries are on the rise, especially given the popularity of cross training and other intensive training sessions that allow regular folks to push through their limits and become stronger. This is why turning to protective knee sleeves is so important, especially if you are pushing yourself. Here are 3 reasons why you should consider wearing knee sleeves next time you hit the gym.
Compression knee sleeves serve to minimize the risk of severe injuries without interfering with your workout and reducing your mobility. Knee sleeves are especially designed to offer extra support and to protect against injuries. They are particularly important for those who lift weights (or are into powerlifting) and for runners, who put a lot of pressure on their joints.
A good pair of knee sleeves will allow you to increase how much you lift by 5 to 10%. This is because during the downwards phase of the squat, the wraps allow a large amount of elastic energy to be stored. This energy will then be let out in your upwards phase, meaning your squats will be faster and heavier. Knee sleeves also offer you more stability as they improve your balance.
There are several techniques to wrap your knees, but if you are a beginner, it’s best you start around one full wrap width below the knee and then move up, making sure you overlap by half the width of the wrap. A good pair of knee sleeves should be around $20 to $30, so they won’t be putting a whole through your budget. Besides, they seldom wear out so it’s an investment you should consider making if you’re serious about lifting weights.
A few things to remember: Steer clear of bulky or stretched out wraps that are less than 15 feet. When shopping for a pair of knee sleeves, choose the longer ones (as they offer more protection) and go for the wraps that weigh more (they are made of more durable and high-quality fabric). And always read the reviews before making up your mind.
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