I’m looking to buy a belt and knee sleeves. Maybe wrist wraps too.
Obviously I don’t want to spend more than I have to, but I’m more than willing to pay a fair price for a quality belt and knee sleeves that’ll last me at least a few years if possible.
I’m thinking of going with a Pioneer or Inzer belt; I believe that both belts are within the guidelines set by a majority of PL feds (correct me if I’m wrong please). I’ve heard great things about both brands.
As for knee sleeves, I have no idea. Now that I’m getting up to weights for squats that I’ve never squatted for reps before (I squatted 310x8 today, beat my old PR of 305x8 ), it makes me a bit nervous. I’m not sure if I’m correct in saying this, but I believe that knee sleeves assist with knee stabilization. Again, correct me if I’m wrong.
Any recommendations you guys have are fantastic. One of my friends from I gym I worked at for a year and a half opened his own gym a few months ago; he’s very strong and I take questions to him if I feel that they’re too dumb to ask on T-Nation. So, I asked him if there was a certain point that I should get to (PR-wise) before I started using knee sleeves/wrist wraps/belt (I assumed there was a certain point that people tried to get to before using assistance from gear, say, a 405 squat). He actually told me there’s no set point for which I need to wait to start using weightlifting gear to help me. I trust him, because he’s about 220 with a 385 bench and a squat/dead in the mid 600s.
I know a lot of you guys are that strong, and your opinions are therefore extremely valid, and while I do trust my buddy, I’m curious what you guys think.
So: recommendations for a belt and knee sleeves? should I wait until I can squat 405 and deadlift 495 with no belt before I get one?