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Knee sleeves
« on: November 07, 2015, 09:03:06 AM »
Ok, so I'm going to try to make the switch to knee sleeves.  I have used the ones rouge sells a few years back, but they are pretty tired looking, and I never felt like they did much other than keep my knees warmed up.  I currently use the elite fts red wraps with anything over 350 ish.  My only hang up with the wraps is that at meets it's one more thing to stress me out.  I have a hard enough time figuring out where the hell I am in the line up, and wrapping me knees just adds mega stress to those moments.  I know I won't get the same rebound, but if I get a little, and still feel some support, I think this will take a big stress out of the meets for me. 

So, yesterday I ordered the SBD, and the new Slingshot knee wraps.  I'm definitely expecting more from the SBD, but I ordered Mark's wraps, because I want to be jacked and tan.  8)  My next meet is December 26th, and I'm just starting to get my ass in gear.  I wanted to order a size smaller with the SBD, but on their site there is an * stating that if you fall into the small or medium and you go down a size "you will not be able to get the wraps on"!  I got both in Medium.  Anyone have any thoughts or experience with sleeves?

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Re: Knee sleeves
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2015, 11:16:39 AM »
Lisa and I both wear Inzer XT sleeves.  They are not the typical neoprene ones.  They're made from thick material almost like wraps and they have 3 Velcro straps on them.  Probably not legal for Raw competition because of that, but they're great for training.

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Re: Knee sleeves
« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2015, 05:24:47 PM »
I love my SBDs.  I never squat without them unless I'm training with wraps closer to a meet.  I measured as a large but got the mediums and they are perfect.  I don't get any rebound out of them, but they do keep my knees nice and warm.  Make sure to look on youtube on how to put them on.  The right way and it's no problem.  The wrong way and you'll end up tired and frustrated while keeping your calves warm.

I'd compete with the SBDs if my fed allowed them as raw but RPS forces you to compete against squatters using wraps.  There is a BIG difference between the two.  I get about 75lbs from wraps whereas the SBDs I get zilch.

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Re: Knee sleeves
« Reply #3 on: November 08, 2015, 10:10:35 AM »
75lbs is allot. I don't think I get anywhere near that out of my wraps, but I'm only in the 4's. I do rps, and epf, so it would put me in the category with wraps. I'm just looking for a way to take a little stress out of the meets.

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Re: Knee sleeves
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2015, 12:40:27 PM »
So far so good with the SBD sleeves.  I haven't tried the slingshot sleeves yet, and think I'll stick with the SBD until after my next meet the end of December. 

They are every bit as hard to get on as rumored.  I've come up with my own trick that works better for me than what I've seen on the internet.  The toughest part is ripping the hair out of my legs pulling the dam things up. I'm a little dude with skinny calves.  I got the medium, and they are super tight on my calves, and just kind of tight everywhere else.  There is no significant rebound, but great support.  I did a front squat workout with them which wasn't much of a test as I was under 300, then yesterday did back squats with them for the first time. I did 370 for 3, 2, and 1.  That's 80-85% of my 1RM and I don't think I would have felt any significant difference with my elite fts wraps at that weight and rep scheme.  It should be interesting to see how I feel out of the hole with heavier weight.  One of my shortcomings is depth when the weight gets heavy and I wrap tight I can't "feel" if I'm "there".  Even though I've only used the sleeves twice, I could definitely "feel" when I was at depth. 

I'll report back when I get some weight on my back mid December. 
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Re: Knee sleeves
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2015, 09:53:50 AM »
I'm still digging the SBD sleeves, but.....  I'm bringing my red elite fts wraps with me to my meet next week just in case.  I had my first "off day" in a while Sunday and a 410 squat felt like the earth was on my shoulders.  I realized later that 410 was the heaviest I've ever gone without wraps.  It's a weight that I can usually manage without a problem, but man it moved SLOW.  I was definitely having an off day, but I may have not given my wraps the respect they deserve.  I'll re-post weather I use the sleeves or the wraps at the meet. 
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Re: Knee sleeves
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2015, 10:41:29 AM »
I'm still digging the SBD sleeves, but.....  I'm bringing my red elite fts wraps with me to my meet next week just in case.  I had my first "off day" in a while Sunday and a 410 squat felt like the earth was on my shoulders.  I realized later that 410 was the heaviest I've ever gone without wraps.  It's a weight that I can usually manage without a problem, but man it moved SLOW.  I was definitely having an off day, but I may have not given my wraps the respect they deserve.  I'll re-post weather I use the sleeves or the wraps at the meet.

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Re: Knee sleeves
« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2015, 08:03:29 PM »
Any thoughts on elbow sleeves for golfers elbow?  Mines doing better,  but would like to keep it at bay.

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Re: Knee sleeves
« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2015, 08:10:12 PM »
Sleeves do help a bit for elbows but you need them really tight.  You might be better off with a neoprene/velcro wrap; I've used them in the past with some success.
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Re: Knee sleeves
« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2015, 08:29:57 PM »
Like blood flow restriction tight,  or just snug?

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Re: Knee sleeves
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2015, 07:49:01 AM »
Like blood flow restriction tight,  or just snug?

Very snug.

When my elbow flares up I have a neoprene elbow sleeve I use.
Easier peeling it off than trying to put the thing on but it sure helps.
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Re: Knee sleeves
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2015, 08:34:27 AM »
Like blood flow restriction tight,  or just snug?

Somewhere in between, but bordering on blood flow restriction.
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Re: Knee sleeves
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2016, 10:20:04 PM »
How are your knee sleeves holding up? Are you still using them?
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Re: Knee sleeves
« Reply #13 on: September 27, 2016, 07:34:41 AM »
How are your knee sleeves holding up? Are you still using them?

I use them occasionally, but went back to wraps.  One of my knees that was a problem years ago started getting a little goofy again and I just wanted to play it safe.  When I started this thread I was just trying to take a little stress out of squatting at a meet.  I was getting a little freaked out about when to wrap.  The last two meets I did where not as big a deal.  Unless the guy before you is doing the same weight you've at least got the time it takes them to figure out how much weight is going on the bar.  I'm a total type A and want to be under the bar when they call my name, so I just realized I have to chill out a bit. 

I do like the SBD's though.  Only problem is that you tear the hair off your legs getting them on and off.  Especially when their all sweaty.  I wear them on squat accessory days now. 
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