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The Benefits of Knee Sleeves
Written by Nick Hawkes

You have probably seen athletes around the gym sporting some flashy, bright blue knee sleeves. And, you might have said to yourself “self, those a super stylish and I wonder if I could benefit from their brilliant blue power for performance while enhancing my workout ensemble.” The answer is probably yes, but lets take a look at the reason why one might want to invest in some knee sleeves.

Are you experiencing knee pain or discomfort? If the answer is yes, then it is best to identify why that is. Are you experiencing tendinitis, pain due to mobility issues, or are your movement patterns off? If any of the aforementioned describes you, try to tackle these issues first, otherwise knee sleeves would only be a temporary fix and not a permanent solution for solving the underlying issue. Kind of like driving around town with a spare tire on your corvette after getting a flat. You can do it, but it looks tacky and you will still be unable to maximize the full potential of your ride.

There are a few different types and materials of sleeves to choose from, so identifying exactly what you want them for will help narrow down the search:

Cloth sleeves: compression and some warmth.

Neoprene sleeves: warmth, injury prevention, and mild compression.

Knee wraps: Extreme compression, typically worn for performance.

The sleeve that I have found work best for CrossFit are the Rehbands. They are a neoprene sleeve that provide just the right amount of compression and warmth, keeping your knees feeling as “snug as a bug in a rug.” Since purchasing my pair, I have experienced less knee issues than I have in the past and wear them for just about every workout session. In fact, I even wore them while hiking a stint on the Appalachian Trail, 60 miles in 3 days and my knees appreciated the extra love.

Although I love the Rehbands, they can be a bit pricey, around $80 for a pair. If that is a bit out of your budget, Tommy Kono makes a comparable sleeve for about 1/2 the price. Both brands provide the same thing, warmth and mild compression, but the Kono’s are more difficult to get on and off and they tend to tear at the top. And if you are a Sasquatch type of human being, the TK’s will assist in hair removal along your entire leg in a “ripping off a band aid” type of way.

The down side to the neoprene sleeves can be the smell that accumulates after only a few training sessions; a pungent oder that stings the nostrils, and not in a good way, kind of like pure gasoline. So, if you do decide to treat your knees like a neoprene bagel dog, you will want to wash your sleeves often or perhaps invest in a second pair. Your nose, and everyone else will thank you.

Rehbands can be purchased at jackal’s gym or rehband.com

Tommy Kono’s can be purchased here or here

If you have any questions if sleeves would be right for you, feel free to ask one of your Invictus coaches. We are always happy to assist.

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Bigpetetraining.com
September 19, 2018 7:21 am

This is great find. I’ve been training for over 27 years and I still squat up to this day. Thanks to the knee wraps. The quality is really good so price is not an issue for me.

Advantage Products Corp.
Advantage Products Corp.
January 2, 2018 1:42 am

Rehbands is little bit expensive ,but very good for your knee when you workout.

Nadine Microutsicos
Nadine Microutsicos
June 1, 2017 7:12 am

had knee replacement6 months ago. should I wear knee sleeve before excercise?

Amin
Amin
September 12, 2016 2:39 am

Hi, which one is better for squat and deadlift, 7mm or 5mm from rehband?

Daniel Savuica
Daniel Savuica
February 7, 2017 2:12 pm
Reply to  Amin

I use the 7mm by Reap Fitness (you can find them on Amazon). I feel a lot safer squatting in 7mm and if used over leggings the discomfort is close to 0. Happy squatting

Dvider4
Dvider4
September 11, 2016 3:37 pm

An advice. It’s better to purchase a pair of rehband 5mm or a pair of another borderline brand 7mm?

Stephen T
Stephen T
October 9, 2016 9:05 pm
Reply to  Dvider4

It’s all the same material in my opinion.

5mm is thinner , 7mm for powerlifting definitely

rehbands are a little too expensive for me though but found a pair on amazon from a company called primal elite , it actually feels identical when compared to rehbands (the original blue ones) that my friend at the gym owns.

Haylie S
Haylie S
August 3, 2016 1:21 am

Wearing compression socks and sleeves improves the performance of athletics.

Lisa Garcia
Lisa Garcia
November 25, 2015 9:45 am

Hello, thank you for taking the time to write this post. I am trying to buy my wife a knee sleeve for mainly running, but with so many different styles and brands, I find myself lost. Can you help? Thanks in advance!

Daniel Savuica
Daniel Savuica
February 7, 2017 2:09 pm
Reply to  Lisa Garcia

I would also recommend Reap Fitness copper knee sleeves. Probably the only ones on Amazon that come in a pair.: http://amzn.to/2kQ4Cej

Alfredo Sitarosa
Alfredo Sitarosa
December 24, 2014 11:39 am

i would suck off anyone wearing those

Mahore Patel
Mahore Patel
October 1, 2014 3:37 am

Check Out the best Knee Braces and Sleeves here – I would like to hear your own views and options also!

Mahore Patel
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September 28, 2014 7:24 am

Check Out the Best Neoprene Knee Sleeve at – http://www.neoprenekneesleeve.org/

There are lots of Knee Sleeves – And you can check the 10 Best Neoprene Knee Sleeves from the link above

Vinny
Vinny
August 1, 2014 6:08 pm

I just purchased my rehband sleeves. They are comfortable but when I squat both the bottom and top seem to open up (small gap between sleeves and skin). I purchased larges but think maybe I should have gone medium. I’m just afraid they might be too tight in the knee at that point. Any words of wisdom?

Rick
Rick
June 25, 2014 10:31 pm

Great article! Knee sleeves help me during my workouts. Also found some helpful information at http://www.kneecompressionsleeve.com
Thanks for writing good information.

Tim Rogers
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April 5, 2014 6:27 pm

60% of the time, it works every time. (Sorry. Couldn’t help myself but to continue the “Anchorman reference”.)

ucr2027
ucr2027
March 13, 2014 9:07 am

Am looking at the blue rehband knee supports. Plan to use them for leg workouts. Has anyone used then for trail runs and stairs.

COCO
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December 17, 2013 9:04 am

hi there, I’ve had 3 surgerys on my knee. 2 acl, one cadaver. one hamstring. cadaver now and still having pain and issues. I also torn mcl once. and minicus 2 times. with 2 days ago just re tearing again and maybe more. waiting on mri as we speak. Im looking to see if a compression band would help me. on my surgery knee as well as my other knee witch is now having pain from compensating. I should add I’m 27 only. and now will be having my 4th surgery on this knee. I’d also like to know if… Read more »

MrMoruss78 .
MrMoruss78 .
March 4, 2014 11:46 pm
Reply to  COCO

Coco, You are able to have knee replacements, if it is warranted. However, at such a young age doctors are very reluctant to do such a procedure, seeing that the prosthetic knees only last about 15-20 years. Usually here in the States the process is to have some kind of Acetyl injection and steroids to help alleviate the pain. Also, if you don’t have any cartilage damage ( the shiny, smooth stuff that covers the ends of the bones) there is also a meniscus replacement surgery and stem cell or PRP treatments. Hope this helps you. I think that knee… Read more »