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BFGUITAR
11-25-2008, 09:11 PM
I use them all the time. I wear them VERY loosely at the start to prevent knee pains and tighten them when I get heavier. Should I only use them when I'm around 85% of my max or so? Or only when I am going for a one rep max?I'm curious about your input.

BigTallOx
11-25-2008, 09:28 PM
I only wear them when I'm at my max or going for a PR, and sometimes not even then. I figure if I can squat a given weight without them, then when the meet comes around, that weight with knee wraps will be simple. But up to now I squat raw, maybe that will change when I start using my squat suit.

evilxxx
11-25-2008, 09:31 PM
I would say use them with weight you only gonna go at 3-4 Reps, you dont wanna go over 6 reps and loose the feeling in your toes...

evilxxx
11-25-2008, 09:33 PM
Also...when my max was 655 i used to wear them on squats over 500.

Reko
11-25-2008, 09:47 PM
last set, sometimes last 2 sets (of singles)

TheVrolok
11-26-2008, 12:36 AM
Depends what you're using them for - support or assistance. Basically, the rule of thumb (according to Rippetoe) is that if they're lose enough to keep on the whole workout without losing circulation/being uncomfortable then you're probably wearing them for support. They give your knees a bit more structure and the fact that they're wrapped will keep them warm which helps as well. If they're so tight you're getting that springiness to your knees, then it's assistance and you should really only wear them for your ME reps. If you plan on competing in power meets then I'd say, sure, get used to them for the last set or two of 1RMs. If you don't plan on competing in any power meets, I'd say don't use 'em in an assistance role at all - what's the point?

Szust
11-26-2008, 01:45 AM
I feel like I'm not at a nearly heavy enough squat to even consider them. Speaking of, ME squat day tomorrow, wish me luck.

Lones Green
11-26-2008, 03:21 AM
hardly ever.

drew
11-26-2008, 06:20 AM
I wrap for a meet, in the week or two leading up to a meet, or if I just feel like it. I don't make it a habit to wrap my knees.

Ben Moore
11-26-2008, 07:34 AM
Never - hate wraps

jbrin0tk
11-26-2008, 08:46 AM
I rarely use mine. Sometimes if I am close to my max I may put them on pretty loosely, but I don't think I've ever cranked down on them. I do like the extra support they provide when going heavier.

EatMyWay2TheTop
11-26-2008, 12:02 PM
I wrap for a meet, in the week or two leading up to a meet, or if I just feel like it. I don't make it a habit to wrap my knees.

I never used wraps as of now, how does it impact the squat ? is it long to get accustomed to it ?

drew
11-26-2008, 12:51 PM
I never used wraps as of now, how does it impact the squat ? is it long to get accustomed to it ?

Depends on the wrap and how tight you wrap. If you wrap them tightly you can add a few pounds to your squat. It takes a little time to get used to it, don't expect it to be comfortable.

BFGUITAR
11-26-2008, 01:27 PM
It's the most uncomfortable thing ever hahah.

I use them for support unless I go heavy. They are indeed loose enough that they don't cut off circulation. I will try not using them and see if my paterllar tendinitis comes back.
Szust my squat with my wraps are about as much as you squat. Really if you plan on competing the earlier the better. It's good to get use to it.
It took me about 4-5 squat sessions to understand them. At first it was VERY odd and I came up on my toes a lot easier. I had to learn to lean in to the wraps.

As well... I bought 2m wraps but now they are longer because of repeated use. Will they still be allowed by the IPF?

cunniff1981
11-26-2008, 06:36 PM
It's the most uncomfortable thing ever hahah.

I use them for support unless I go heavy. They are indeed loose enough that they don't cut off circulation. I will try not using them and see if my paterllar tendinitis comes back.
Szust my squat with my wraps are about as much as you squat. Really if you plan on competing the earlier the better. It's good to get use to it.
It took me about 4-5 squat sessions to understand them. At first it was VERY odd and I came up on my toes a lot easier. I had to learn to lean in to the wraps.

As well... I bought 2m wraps but now they are longer because of repeated use. Will they still be allowed by the IPF?

I have heard washing them and spin drying them brings them a bit tighter again.

SELK
11-26-2008, 10:11 PM
I felt i wasn't getting enough lbs out of knee wraps so I have increased my use with them. I wrap them about 90% tight (which is still pretty damn tight) almost all squat sessions. I feel after starting this I am actually getting more lbs out of the wrap. I just wrap them myself so its not to big of a pain in the ass.

jtteg_x
11-26-2008, 11:48 PM
What I like to do is throw on knee sleeves during my warm ups then wrap up on my last 3 working sets.

deeder
11-26-2008, 11:57 PM
It's the most uncomfortable thing ever hahah.

I use them for support unless I go heavy. They are indeed loose enough that they don't cut off circulation. I will try not using them and see if my paterllar tendinitis comes back.
Szust my squat with my wraps are about as much as you squat. Really if you plan on competing the earlier the better. It's good to get use to it.
It took me about 4-5 squat sessions to understand them. At first it was VERY odd and I came up on my toes a lot easier. I had to learn to lean in to the wraps.

As well... I bought 2m wraps but now they are longer because of repeated use. Will they still be allowed by the IPF?

As far as I know there is only an official equipment check at Nationals in Canada. Most local meets its kind of an honor system and if they catch it then they will say something to you.

At a local meet, I wouldn't even worry about wraps that got stretched out... No one will care or check... However, if you lift at Nationals, they will measure them and cut off anything over 2m.

BFGUITAR
11-27-2008, 10:57 AM
As far as I know there is only an official equipment check at Nationals in Canada. Most local meets its kind of an honor system and if they catch it then they will say something to you.

At a local meet, I wouldn't even worry about wraps that got stretched out... No one will care or check... However, if you lift at Nationals, they will measure them and cut off anything over 2m.

Hahah they will actually take scissors to your knee wraps?

deeder
11-27-2008, 01:11 PM
Hahah they will actually take scissors to your knee wraps?

Yup.

SD1959
12-05-2008, 08:24 PM
What I like to do is throw on knee sleeves during my warm ups then wrap up on my last 3 working sets.
What kind of sleeves? Do you leave them on and wrap over them?
Thanks,
Sd

jtteg_x
12-06-2008, 02:52 AM
i use APT knee sleeves. couldnt remember what there called but they are red with black striping. i take them off when im ready to throw the wraps on.