Hi everyone. I’m new to this forum and just have a quick question about knee wraps. I’m female, I like strength training and lift fairly heavy whenever I work up to courage to do so. So Sunday, I was training legs and worked my way up in the squat to 245lbs for 6 reps, before my boyfriend chimed in, come and do 3 plates a side for one rep. What! For some reason I agreed and went for it. So another fella who trains there, he’s a bodybuilder too and spots me when I need a hand, said I should wrap my knees.
So, he brings his and wraps my knees up. They didn’t feel tight at least when I was sitting having it done nor when I stood up initially. However stepping out with the weight, I felt like I couldn’t feel my knees/lower legs, especially the left one. I felt like Bambi walking for the first time. It felt like my knees wouldn’t bend properly. Needless to say that first attempt was disastrous because I was shaky going down and couldn’t get any drive to push back up. Second attempt I ditched the knee sleeves and went for it; I managed 2 reps.
So the guy was saying though if I would be attempting such heavy weights I should wrap my knees to protect them. But like I said before it’s like I can’t feel my legs. Is it because maybe they were wrapped too tightly? Or is it like a learning curve where I have to get used to them? And would knees sleeves be a suitable alternative to the wraps? I don’t suffer from any knee pain, and luckily never have but I’m not a young chick anymore, I acknowledge this. Lol. So would it be advisable to squat without the knee wraps or still use something just for that extra support.
Thanks for any help or suggestions you make in advance.