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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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Thanks for sharing. The Advantages Of Knee Sleeves Any lift that involves the knees (especially squats) can put them under immense pressure and strain, increasing the risk of injury over time – especially when repeated over and over. It doesn’t matter who you are, or how much you train, the fact is we are all vulnerable to injury, especially in the knees – This is where Mark Bell’s Knee Sleeves can help. The knee sleeve is designed to reduce the risk of injury and reduce any pain when lifting while also helping to increase performance. Read more about then visit… Read more »

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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.

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

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John Murra

Knee Compression sleeves are best option for fast recovery in knee pain. These sleeves not only helps in recovery but also provides relief and comfort during injury.
Knee Compression Sleeves for Tendonitis

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Nadine Microutsicos

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

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Amin

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

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Daniel Savuica

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

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

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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.

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Wearing compression socks and sleeves improves the performance of athletics.

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Compression socks and sleeves can be worn during activity to alleviate pain from common conditions such as calf and Achilles tendon strains, calf cramps, and shin splints. They can also be worn after activity as part of the recovery process from a run to decrease swelling and soreness in the foot, ankle, and lower leg.

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