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Old 09-04-2014, 09:29 AM   #1
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I donít know much about either other than just what is talked about on the forums. But if I had to explain what I thought each one was for it would be that a knee sleeve gives more support and a knee wrap adds support plus adds weight to your lift. Everyone elseís thoughts?

Why I am posting this is because knee sleeves seem appealing to me from the point of added support. I am only 35 years old but I plan to keep on lifting heavy for several years down the road. Knee sleeves seem to be something that is beneficial from a knee health and support point and not for an aid in adding weight to someoneís squat. Knee wraps on the other hand are more there to assist in adding weight to the bar more from a competition point of view?

Now I am talking more from a point of a normal dedicated gym rat not a from a competition point of view. Based on that are knee sleeves that beneficial?
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:37 AM   #2
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With winter around the corner, I have been looking at knee sleeves to keep my knees warm. They are said to keep the fluids flowing, keeping them warm, and to help from getting injured by having cold joints. I don't believe sleeves give much in the way of support as wraps do.
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Knee sleeves give a little support, but also help to keep the knees warm which helps older guys or people with knee issues. Wraps were originally designed to protect the knee, but the added support and protection is essentially negated by a modern wraps ability to add massive poundage to your lifts. I'm getting almost 100lb from my belt and wraps and I can probably do my no wraps, no belt max for 8-10 reps when I do have them on.

If the goal is to simply develop strength and muscle I wouldn't use more than sleeves. My use of wraps is because I want to compete in them. I have met someone who uses light wraps simply for the support, but that seems like a pian compared to a good set of sleeves.
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Sleeves will add a little to the weight use, but not much. For what you want they are worth the investment. I think the SBD sleeves are the best on the market, but ask around. I put some muscle rub on, then slide them on and am good to go.
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I use APT's heavy knee sleeves on squat asst exercises and they keep my knees from hurting. But I use wraps for squats as that is I would compete. But sleeves would work.
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There is 3 Basic Knee Sleeves out..

1. These do a pretty decent job of warming the knees up and adding support with a bit of extra poundage. 20lbs maybe... Not legal for Raw Div.

https://www.strengthshopusa.com/slee...e-sleeves.html

2. Neoprene 7mm or Cheaper thinner ones...These are basically for heat with a little support.. Almost nothing added to poundage..5-10lbs maybe But these make your knees sweat and stay healthy...You can spend big bucks for ones like rehband or save a bit with the Titan..... But I just came across some 7mm ones that are half the price of the cheapest ones I have seen...I've had these for just over a week or so and so far I'm impressed..Legal in Most Raw Div.

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/7-mm-...567408214.html

3. And now there is these from Inzer. I haven't tried these yet, but I believe these have the most support and adds the most poundage.... Not legal in any Fed I know of.

http://www.inzernet.com/detail.asp?p...LEEVES_KNEE_XT


The first ones I posted I have had for over 2yrs and they are still going strong. They are nice to have and to warm up on before switching to wraps.. The Neoprene are the same way. The Neoprene I think pulls ahead just because the added heat the bring...

From what I have gathered...

Mutli ply Knee Sleeves...Moderate Support, Moderate Knee Warmth, Moderate Poundage
Neoprene Knee Sleeves...Lower Support, Extreme Knee Warnth, Lower -zero Poundage
Inzer's Strapped Knee Sleeves..Highest Support, Moderate to Low Knee Warmth, Highest Poundage..


For you I'd just pick up a pair of the Cheap Neoprene's I posted for $21 and give them a shot. You really can't go wrong.
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Having just come from a discussion with a friend of mine, I thought I would post here. We both agreed that wearing a knee sleeve is basically the effect of wearing a loose knee wrap. Would you guys agree with this?
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Having just come from a discussion with a friend of mine, I thought I would post here. We both agreed that wearing a knee sleeve is basically the effect of wearing a loose knee wrap. Would you guys agree with this?
No, not even close. With the exception being if you wore a crazy tight knee sleeve. Honestly the carry over most get from sleeves is simply confidence not rebound out of the hole.
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Even a loose wrap gives more poundage then any sleeves I have used.
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I wear SBD sleeves simply for the warmth and the stability - they are legal to wear in both the Feds up here in Canada - GPC and CPU.

For me, being a Geezer, I wear wraps on maxes or near maxes for safety and stability, especially since I suffer from tremors. I absolutely never have the attitude that "I am going to add 30 lbs to the bar because I am wearing wraps".

Since using both wraps and sleeves as smartly as possible, I have been able to increase both my sleeve PR and wrap PR. I simply view the wraps as a safety tool to get my non wrap PR to progress as well. I train regularly with both.

I honestly think they should be mandatory for Geezers over 50 at meets.
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