How to Put on Knee Sleeves (Expert's Guide)
Jul 10,2023 | 2 Mins Read
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A common discussion we've had with other powerlifters is the difficulty of putting on knee sleeves. It's not only important to find the right size, but also to learn how to put them on correctly to maximize the benefits of knee sleeves.
Some people swear by a snug fit, but others prefer a looser fit for better flexibility. We've heard people say it takes them three or four minutes to put on their knee sleeves, and honestly, who has that kind of time? We get it, you want to hit the platform and lift as soon as possible.
That's why we're here to show you how to put on knee sleeves in the quickest and most efficient way possible.
To help you out, here are some tips and tricks that will make the process much easier:
Yes, the upside-down roll-up method is quite popular among powerlifters. This technique involves flipping the sleeve upside down and rolling it up your leg, which can make the process easier, especially for tighter knee sleeves.
While some lifters do use plastic bags to help get their knee sleeves on, it's often an indication that the knee sleeves might be too tight. If you find yourself having to resort to this method, consider going for a slightly larger size.
You can but it's not entirely necessary to use baby powder or talcum on your legs. The use of baby powder will reduce friction and make the knee sleeve easier to put on if you have sweaty legs.
High-quality knee sleeves like the Koprez Knee Compression Sleeve have an adjustment period with occasional tightness at first.
The initial tightness is not necessarily a sign of an ill-fitting sleeve, but rather an indication that the material needs to adapt to your body. This is normal and should subside over time as the material starts to conform to your knee's shape and become more comfortable.
The best way to get used to them is to wear them as normal during your workouts. As you perform your exercises and movements, the material will naturally adjust and conform to your leg's shape. Make sure to clean and wash the knee sleeves properly to extend its lifespan.
Forcing the knee sleeve onto your leg stretches the material beyond its intended capacity, which hampers its ability to provide adequate support to your knee. Additionally, excessive force can harm the seams of the sleeve, diminishing its durability and overall effectiveness in offering stability and protection.
Wearing overly tight knee sleeves limits your range of motion, making it difficult to comfortably perform exercises or participate in activities. Additionally, tight knee sleeves can potentially restrict circulation, resulting in numbness or tingling sensations in the legs.
When the sleeve is off-center, it may not distribute compression and stability evenly around the knee joint, reducing its effectiveness.
Knee sleeves should be applied on clean and dry legs to ensure they stay in place. Applying them on wet or sweaty skin can cause the sleeve to slip down.
We recommend selecting a size that fits snugly without feeling too tight. If you find your size is in between two options, go for the smaller size.
Claire Evans worked as the content marketing manager at Koprez. Claire combined a background of writing and editing, marketing, and patient education to best serve consumers, fitness enthusiasts, athletes, and anyone who relies on the Koprez brand for helpful information.
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