Am curious as to how others use or don’t use their knee sleeves in training and their perspectives on my use.
I’ve found sleeves add about 25-30kg/55-66lbs to my squat. I attribute this to the assistance they give in generating torque at the knee joint. Squatting relatively upright and allowing my knees to track forward and out over my toes both increases torque requirements on the quadriceps and stretches and bends knee sleeves to a greater degree allow for greater potential elastic energy stored up.
Am I taking the right approach in limiting the use of knee sleeves while I’m in a hypertrophy/accumulation block to build my quads? Or is a train how you play kind of principle more appropriate where getting stronger in sleeves will still strengthen the quads while loading up the torso more?
How do you use your knee sleeves in training? Everything? Heavy sets? Depending on training phase? Leading up to comp?