Support Yourself: The Nordic Lifting Knee Sleeve
The Nordic Lifting Knee Sleeve (NLLS) is a new type of knee sleeve made from neoprene material. Nylon materials are not suitable for use in knees due to their poor elasticity and durability. Neoprene material provides excellent support and flexibility for your knees during squats or any other exercise involving knee flexion. The nylon material is soft but strong enough to prevent injury when used properly.
The neoprene material can be washed easily with soap and water.
• Made from neoprene material, which is very flexible and durable.
• Can be worn under clothing without discomfort.
• Easy to wash with soap and water.
• Available in many colors.
How To Choose A Nordic Lifting Knee Sleeve?
There are several factors that you need to consider before choosing a knee sleeve for yourself. Some of these factors are listed below.
Choose between wide or narrow sleeves according to your needs.
If you do not have any major knee condition, choose a narrow sleeve.
If you have problems such as swelling or arthritis in your knee, choose the wider sleeve.
If you are an athlete and need good support, choose a sleeve with thicker material. The thicker materials provide more support for athletes who put extra stress on their knees during activities.
The sleeve should extend slightly beyond your knee. This is very important as it prevents the sleeve from sliding down and causing you inconvenience.
If you have wide calves, buy a sleeve that has Velcro straps in addition to the pull strings. Wider sleeves with Velcro straps are more comfortable than pull strings because they give you better control over the tightness of the sleeve around your knee.
If you do not have wide calves, you can choose a sleeve with pull strings only. Pull-strings work just as well as Velcro straps if you know how to adjust them properly. Some sleeves come with both pull strings and Velcro straps for your convenience.
You may also want to try on the sleeve before buying it. This is particularly important if you have unusual proportions because a sleeve that fits someone else may not necessarily fit you.
You can also ask the staff at the store to fit you. Tell them that you are planning to do heavy squats and deadlifts, so you will need a snug fit around your knee that will not slide down even when you are sweating profusely from an intense workout.
How To Use A Nordic Lifting Knee Sleeve?
A NLLS is very simple to use. You just need to pull it up your leg until it reaches your knee. Then secure it in place using the pull strings or Velcro straps provided on the sleeve. Once the sleeve has been secured around your knee, you are good to go. Nordic Lifting makes it even easier for you by branding the inner side of its NLLS with the letters “UP” so that you always know which side should be facing outwards even when you are sweating profusely.
Which Is Better – Knee Wraps or Sleeves?
For recreational lifters, knee wraps provide more support than sleeves, however; they are not as easy to use because wrapping them around your knees takes some practice and skill. This is not a problem for advanced lifters but if you are a beginner, you may have difficulty wrapping your knees properly without any help. Once wrapped, knee wraps will not slide down during an intensive leg workout because they stay in place perfectly. They cover a larger area of your knee compared to sleeves and provide more support to the entire knee joint.
Knee sleeves on the other hand are quite easy to use because all you have to do is pull them up and secure them in place. Just make sure that they are tight enough because if they are loose, they will not provide you with any support. Sleeves are not as effective as wraps but they are a good alternative if you do not want to spend time wrapping your knees.
What Are The Benefits Of Using A NLLS?
As mentioned above, knee sleeves provide mild support to your knees. This is particularly useful during heavy lifting because it helps prevent hyperextension of the joint which may otherwise occur if you do not have that extra layer of protection around your knee. It also provides warmth around the joint which is beneficial if you are planning to lift heavy in cold conditions.
In addition to the functional aspects, knee sleeves also look great on muscular and well-built legs. If you are a bodybuilder then you definitely want to buy a pair of these. Knee sleeves are great for squats, deadlifts, and any other lower body exercise that puts stress on your knees.
How Much Do Knee Sleeves Cost?
The price of knee sleeves will vary depending on the material and make. However, you should be able to find a good pair for less than $20 online. Some sleeve models are very cheap while others cost more because they offer additional features such as extra padding or reinforced stitching. Make sure to buy from a trusted vendor though because some sleeves are of very poor quality and tend to tear quickly.
What Are The Different Types Of Knee Sleeves?
Knee sleeves are basically categorized into two types – supination and pronation. Supination knee sleeves add extra cushioning to the outside of your knee which is great for heavy squat workouts. On the other hand, pronation knee sleeves provide extra cushioning to the inside of your knee, which is more useful when lifting heavy weights from a dead stop (e.g. a heavy deadlift).
Most sleeves are offered in a universal size but some also come in “slim” or “wide” versions. Slim sleeves are better for people with thin legs while wide sleeves provide more stability and support for people with larger legs.
How To Put On A Knee Sleeve?
Putting on a knee sleeve is actually very easy and does not take more than a minute or so. However, you will first need to know which type of sleeve (pronation or supination) that matches your body type and workout style. Once you know what type of sleeve that suits you, all you have to do is pull it up over your leg and secure it in place with the aid of the strap or elastic band. You then put on your pants over the sleeve and you are good to go.
What Workouts Can I Do With A Knee Sleeve?
As mentioned above, knee sleeves are most commonly used by lifters and bodybuilders. If you participate in these types of sports then you will find that knee sleeves offer just enough extra support for your knees without getting in the way. If you are a powerlifter then knee sleeves will prove to be very useful during squats because it provides extra cushioning while also keeping your knees warm. If you are into bodybuilding then knee sleeves can be worn during leg workouts such as squats and deadlifts to help protect your knees from injury and also improve your performance.
Do I Need To Warm Up Before Using A Knee Sleeve?
Many people believe that you should always warm up before engaging in any physical activity. While this is certainly a good idea for people who get injured easily or are not very physically fit, professionals and experienced lifters would probably disagree. Warming up increases your heart rate and blood flow which can allow you to push yourself a little harder. However, warming up also makes your muscles a little looser which means you will not be able to generate as much force and could possibly end up getting injured. Many powerlifters and bodybuilders therefore prefer to skip the warm up and go straight into lifting heavy weights. Warming up is still a good idea though if you are new to the sport or not very physically fit.
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