Using wraps is an important thing to consider when working out with moderate to heavy weights in the gym or a home gym. Here are some reasons to wear a wrap during a workout.
- Reduces muscle fatigue
- Reducing strains
- Lower muscle soreness
- Better blood circulation
- Mental comfort
The most important thing that is not on this list is the support that knee wraps give you. The stability it provides you is priceless in those heavy lifts that you may do. Not many do them and I know why, but that is for another day. Wraps keep your joints as stable as they can be. They keep your knee in one place. I mean God forbid if you want to go up and your knee quits on you…well, you might be in a world of hurt. Very few lifts use all of the muscle groups that a squat requires. My fraternity brother squatted 1000lbs. in sanctioned competitions. Now he was an elite powerlifter.
For major weight lifts I recommend that you unwrap your knees between lifts to give your knees time to recover since when you do a major lift you wrap your knees real tight. So tight in fact that you might restrict the blood flow to your joint giving it no time to recover. If you do major weight squats I would recommend wraps like these. (Click here) These are generally thicker, longer and more robust thus more stable for you if you are a heavy powerlifter…Good luck to all you powerlifters out there.
Under Armour Compression Tops
Compression shirts can stabilize and and provide support to your body. The compression that these shirts use provide pressure to your muscles and carry some of the strain while exercising. This pressure also supports the recovery process and helps your blood circulation as you exercise.
Although compression clothing is tight it is made to promote air circulation keeping the user cool and dry during intense workouts. Wearing compression gear also reduces muscle soreness and fatigue research has shown. So, in short you will be able to perform better for a longer duration.
Compression gear will also enhance recovery by putting pressure on your body parts as you workout. They also provide you with great comfort, you stay drier and they make you look good too.
There are 100’s of types and dozens manufacturers of compression t-shirts selling 1000’s of different designs. I’m sure that you ca find one that suits you.
Just an FYI. Getting a compression t-shirt on is easy enough. But getting one of is much more difficult. The first time I tried to take one off I thought I might have to take a pair of scissors to it or worse get a knife and cut my self free. Fortunately I found a video on how to take one off. And here it is, in case you buy one for the very first time. By the way, this video is for the turtleneck long sleeve version of an Under Armour shirt but I assure you this process works for all compression shirts.
One last thing. My collection consists primarily of Under Armour compression t-shirts and sleeveless shirts. Gotta show off those guns, YO!
Copper Fit Compression Socks
Compression and socks are two words that go together like Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez – “Beniffer” or Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie – “Brangelina”. Peanut butter and jelly??? That was in the past. Now there are “compression socks”…
You like that intro? Yes? No? Maybe so? Well anyway compression socks is the new way to prevent injury, boost performance and enhance blood circulation in your legs. They work by fitting tight around your lower legs and squeezing the blood in your veins back to the heart. Thus improving blood circulation.
Used for years for people who have varicose veins and to prevent deep vein thrombosis, which is the creation of blood clots. The use of compression socks improve blood flow but also reduce swelling and pain especially after a grueling run, bike ride or a long hike. Even people who sit all day at a job or even stand for long periods of time will benefit from a pair of compression socks. The only issue I have with compression socks is getting them on and getting them on. They are pretty tight. Otherwise these help make my lower legs feel better.
Compression pants for men
Compression leggings for women
Like I have mentioned before, compression garments have been used for years to increase blood flow to the heart reduce swelling and alleviate pain plus putting pressure on your limbs to prevent fluids from collecting in the tissue.
If you are built well the form fitting garments can make you feel more confident in climbing that hill or lifting that weight even though that is not a main reason to wear compression clothing at all. If this gear can make you feel better by increasing your blood flow or reducing pain and swelling why not give it a try.
These garments I have shown you come in many different styles, colors and variations and from what I have seen wont break your pocketbook. Give one a try. You might like it and buy more as you please at a later date.
If you have gotten this far I congratulate you and thank you for reading.