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Old 06-06-2009, 01:21 PM   #1
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Default Knee Wraps and Belts

I'm new to weightlifting...very new.

I notice that in some videos I see various lifters wearing knee wraps and belts...and in some videos I see athletes not wearing anything.

Is this a preference or injury prevention tool?

Thanks.
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Old 06-06-2009, 02:09 PM   #2
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I'm new to weightlifting...very new.

I notice that in some videos I see various lifters wearing knee wraps and belts...and in some videos I see athletes not wearing anything.

Is this a preference or injury prevention tool?

Thanks.
I don't know about WL, I assume they are even more conservative that PL but if you are a raw lifter in PL or even SM to some degree, tools like belts and knee wraps and straps for pulling are really useful /nearly essential tools for overloading the movement, wraps can put a solid 30-40 pounds on a squat and a belt can make max attemps safer, for some even adding sizable (~10%)percentages, for others not so much.

for events, a belt and sleeves at least have been essential to my health and hopefully longevity and allow one to really push the movement. they are tools like anyhting, you want to know when it's useful and when it's holding you back.
people who like to claim some purity because they eschew belts and wraps should not be trusted.

in fact these people should be avoided at all cost.
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Old 06-06-2009, 03:44 PM   #3
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I know Greg has said that belts should be used when hitting 95% or more of your 1RM. Not sure about the knee sleeves though. I know there are a couple of topics on the subject around here. I know Oly has specific rules when it comes to knee sleeves in competition, they can't touch the bottom of your singlet (I'm not sure why this is a rule).

I've used belts on occasion and probably should use them more often but I don't currently own one but am eyeing one that Dave recommended over a few months ago.
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