Yes! Knee Sleeves can dramatically assist in reducing knee pain while providing support and stability during squats, but there is more that you can do. A proper warmup protocol can work wonders on your comfort level as well as your performance.

Before Bodybuilding – yes WAY BACK in the day, basketball was my sport! In fact basketball is most likely the beginnings of my damaged arthritic knees. I remember stretching for 30-45 minutes before games in an effort to be nice and limber only to find that when the game started I was still stiff. It would take me a few minutes to really break into my full game speed all while I was pressed by the speed of the rest of the players on the court. it was not pleasant.

The Solution – was actually pretty simple. It made complete sense once I figured it out. I started performing explosive game like movements with less intensity. This really allowed my muscles, tendons, and joints to get nice and warm and ready for the game. Our squats are no different. I stumbled upon this video from Jeff Cavalier of Athlean-X that I want to share with you on how to do exactly that so you can make serious gains without the pain. Make sure you Sleeve UP First to get your knees warm and ready to train hard!

From Jeff:

Do just 10 reps of the following exercises to get your patellar tendons and knees feeling loose before you start squatting.

  • Partial Pulse Squats x 10 reps
  • Side Step Pulse Squats x 10 reps in each direction
  • Drop Step Pulse Squats x 10 reps in each direction
  • Jack Pulse Squats x 10 out and 10 reps in

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