The best support and stability for your heaviest lifting days are found in the Gymreapers’ elbow and knee sleeves. No matter if you’re powerlifting, bodybuilding, CrossFit, Olympic lifting, or just enjoy heavy lifting, our sleeves provide incredible support when performing any lower body, push, or lifting workouts.
If you work out regularly or simply need relief from joint pain and discomfort, you can rely on our knee and elbow sleeves for stability and support while pushing your limits. At Gymreapers, we offer premium 7mm elbow and 7mm knee sleeves in a variety of sizes and color options.
What Are Knee Sleeves?
A compression knee sleeve is made out of Neoprene material and comes in different thickness options (3mm to 7mm). Compression knee sleeves are made to last due to the Neoprene material, working to hold and retain heat. Neoprene is the same material used in wetsuits, which helps deliver a warming effect on the body, joints, and tendons.
Similarly, the heat from the knee sleeves helps regulate blood flow in the joints, reduces muscle stiffness, and improves knee mobility. Knee sleeves are popular in CrossFit and powerlifting due to their supportive benefits and are perfect for cross-training, weightlifting, bodybuilding, and all other fitness activities.
What are Elbow Sleeves?
Elbow sleeves are a compression fabric that is wrapped around the elbow to deliver a warming effect, increasing blood flow and responsiveness from the elbow joints and tendons. Elbow sleeves are used by many people to help prevent injury, reduce pain, and provide stability to the muscles and tendons. Elbow sleeves have been around for decades and come in many styles and thickness levels, typically made of high-quality Neoprene material.
The compression elbow sleeves can be used for workouts such as bench press, bicep curls, and shoulder presses to help provide support and stability. Elbow sleeves are very versatile as they can also be used post-workout to aid in the recovery process to reduce swelling and minimize pain.
What to look for in 7mm Knee Sleeves?
Make sure you invest in high-quality knee sleeves. So what are the best kinds of knee sleeves? Buying a knee sleeve that moves around too much or doesn’t support the knee properly is annoying and a waste of money. Having to readjust your knee sleeve mid-set is just frustrating and will get in your head a bit. So you want to make sure you get a proper knee sleeve that’ll give you peace of mind when you have tons of weight on your back.
You’ll want to properly measure around your knee when it’s fully extended to find the perfect fit. As mentioned before, the right fit means the difference between proper support versus a waste of money. A snug fit is exactly what you should be looking for -- but a knee sleeve shouldn’t be so tight that it constricts blood flow around vital joints. If you don’t know what size of knee sleeve you should get, grab some measuring tape and check out this knee and elbow size chart.
What to look for in 7mm Elbow Sleeves?
There are a couple of considerations you should decide on before choosing your knee sleeves. First, ask yourself, “What kind of support do I need?”. That will help determine the thickness and functionality that will be best for you. Compression elbow sleeves are available in thickness variations from 5 to 7 millimeters (mm). If you lift or push heavy weights often, opt for a thicker material elbow sleeve to give you the maximum compression and support.
Second, think about the purpose. Thinner compression elbow sleeves provide less support but give you the same compression benefits that stimulate blood flow and regulate body temperature. The thinner type of compression elbow sleeves are ones you see often see being worn by basketball players, MMA stars, and avid runners.
Lastly, look for quality material. Not all compression sleeves are made the same, nor are they made to last. Material such as Neoprene is used by reputable brands such as Gymreapers because they can rely on the material properties to last. While some use cheaper nylon fabric, it makes sense to invest in durable elbow sleeves that are made from Neoprene.
Why invest in a pair of knee sleeves?
There are several incredible benefits of wearing knee sleeves. Some of the top reasons to invest in knee sleeves are directly related to increased performance and a reduction in stiffness, swelling, and pain. For example, there’s a lot of pressure and stress that’s placed on your joints during a workout, especially the knees on leg day. That’s why knee sleeves are popular among powerlifters and Olympians. The biggest reason you should invest in a pair of knee sleeves is that they help with your technique by aligning crucial parts of your knee so you can perform better.
Why invest in a pair of elbow sleeves?
Taking care of your body is hugely important and using elbow sleeves for training and recovery can be a huge help. One of the reasons you should consider using elbow sleeves is because they offer protection through their warming properties which help reduce discomfort (sometimes caused by elbow tendonitis, golfer’s elbow, arthritis, and more). Compression elbow sleeves are a great investment for protection against stress placed on arm muscles and tendons during heavy pressing and pushing movements.
If you’re into outdoor activities or sports, wearing elbow sleeves can help regulate the body’s internal temperature, which will help moderate blood flow and circulation. You’ll often see marathon runners and sports enthusiasts wearing compression sleeves during their activities. Just like knee sleeves, elbow sleeves are also great for reducing pain and swelling, both during and after workouts.
Knee Sleeves FAQ
Q: How do I wash my knee sleeves?
A: The easiest way to wash them is to toss your knee sleeves in with your regular laundry and then let them air dry. You can also wash them in the sink or tub in warm water and detergent.
Q: How thick are Gymreapers knee sleeves?
A: Gymreapers compression knee sleeves are 7mm thick and are made from durable Neoprene.
Q: How do I find the right size of knee sleeve?
A: With your knee extended, measure around the center of your kneecap and compare it against the detailed sizing chart.
Q: What’s the difference between powerlifting knee sleeves and knee wraps?
A: Knee wraps are made from an elastic material that stores energy to give the power and momentum to complete a squat. Knee sleeves help regulate blood flow, reduce muscle stiffness, and improve knee mobility through compression/warming.
Q: Is icing my knees a good idea?
A: No. While icing does decrease inflammation, it also slows the healing process thus prolonging the time you’re in pain.
Q: Do knee sleeves work?
A: Yes, knee sleeves support the knee while providing increased blood flow without hindering the range of motion.
Q: What are the best knee sleeves?
A: Gymreapers knee sleeves are made to last and are backed by world-class trainers and bodybuilders such as Kris Gethin.
Q: How tight should a knee sleeve be?
A: Knee sleeves should be snug. Loose or baggy knee sleeves won’t provide the intended benefits of knee sleeves.
Elbow Sleeves FAQ
Q: Do elbow sleeves help with pain?
A: Yes, compression sleeves help lower blood lactate levels and blood pooling, which are responsible for causing pain and swelling.
Q: How do you measure for elbow sleeves?
A: With your arm fully extended, measure around the elbow and compare the measurement against this size chart.
Q: Can I wash my elbow sleeves?
A: Yes, it’s recommended to wash elbow sleeves, especially after repeated use. Simply hand wash in warm water and soap or toss in with your normal laundry.
Q: What is the best elbow sleeve?
A: Gymreapers 7mm elbow sleeves are made from top-quality Neoprene material and they’re backed by world-known fitness giants and IFBB pros.
Q: When should I wear compression elbow sleeves?
A: Anytime you’re experiencing pain or discomfort or need extra support during training, lifting, or activity.
Q: Should I wear elbow sleeves all day?
A: Typically it’s best to only wear elbow sleeves when you need pain relief or for extra support to the joints during activity.