I’m planning on doing an RPS meet in April and I’m considering squatting in wraps since that is an option. I don’t have much experience with knee wraps, I have a 2m pair of Inzer Grippers that I bought a few years ago because I was running a program that had me squatting in wraps now and then as an overload. I used the wraps a few times outside of that but I have issues hitting depth (obviously practice will help) and I would probably be better off with a longer pair. I also hear mixed reviews on the Grippers, but at this point I’m not ready for anything too stiff, and I’m going to be wrapping myself. Any advice?
Current raw (sleeves) squat PR is 480 in a meet, matched that last week in training with no peak and starting to overreach. If I was going to compete this weekend I would plan on hitting about 515. Bodyweight is about 235, I think I will slowly move up to 242 since I’m done with the IPF and I have been at the same weight for the last three years.
The only wraps I’ve got any degree of experience with are the red Slingshots (in the 2.5 m length). I dislike wraps, but these definitely deliver extra pounds. They’re reasonably stiff, so you’d want to have a decent amount of practice hitting depth with them prior to meet day. They suit my style of controlled descent, although I imagine if you descend faster they could be problematic and you may find a stretchier, more rebound-y wrap better.
If you’re getting your knees wrapped, make sure you can count on the person doing it to do it how you’re used to on meet day (how many revolutions, direction, etc). If you’re wrapping yourself get some long nose pliers. They’re a game changer.
Also, you probably already know but just in case I find it helps to count revolutions and whether you spiral or cross and when for consistency. That way you can really dial in how cranked your wraps are.
Slingshot or Elitefts Patriots are a damn good middle of the road and easy to self wrap wrap. I squat my first 700 in patriots. As for hitting depth in them you just have to force and ride the pain no other say around it. As for that markos covered the other tips I’d have given.
What meet are you doing. I’m gonna be at an RPS meet in April as well.
Why do so many people hate grippers? Is it because they just aren’t that stiff or is there something else to it? I know that some people like them and they are supposed to give a good rebound, which is what I’m looking for at this point, but I don’t know a whole lot about wraps anyway.
They are yellow for one lol. But for real when I wrap it is with the attempt to crush my knees haha. When the grippers are cranked I get nothing out of them. They just bind up for what ever reason. A ton of stopping power but I get zero pop out them. Which is why I believe 90% of the time you see grippers they are sub elite squatters who don’t crank or need them cranked down or they are on multiply guys who need that stopping powder and rely on their suit or briefs to give them all the rebound. Even in gear i prefer having all the rebound I can get. My hips will lock up with a grand just barely past pararall almost no matter what I have on. So I need and want as much spring as possible from all my gear to give me all the speed I can get. Whether raw or in multiply.
OK, I was under the impression that grippers had a lot of rebound but lacked stopping power, I guess it’s the other way around. For what it’s worth, I found that I got maybe 30lbs. out of them (a 2m pair) without much practice at all but it was impossible to hit depth. I don’t really see why I would want stopping power at this point, mostly I want a big rebound out of the hole. I think I will go ahead and buy the red slingshots.
I was asking because there are knee sleeves out there that add a lot to your squat but aren’t allowed in most (or any) federations. I think it’s strengthshop that makes doubly ply and triple ply sleeves, and Inzer has adjustable sleeves with straps on them.