Knee Sleeves Tips & Tricks

How to put on knee sleeves.

The struggle is real, for most.

The typical way to put on a knee sleeve is just go over your foot and pull the sleeve up over the knee cap with it centered on the patella. The basic way of pulling on a knee sleeve will work in most instances but there are a few where you may need to employ a bit of ingenuity. Whether you have hairy legs or you are trying to go a size or two smaller for a competition putting on knee sleeves can be a pain in the butt. Here are a few tips and tricks to getting them on without ripping out hairs or straining some other muscle just trying to pull with pure force.

The inside out method

Turn the knee sleeve inside out. Grab the bottom (smaller diameter part) with your finger tips and pull it up your leg to the proper height, usually just above the middle of the calf. Now grab the large end and roll it up over the knee putting it into place. This method will save you on pain and leg hair. It works much better than just trying to grab the top of the sleeve and dragging it up your leg.

Sleeve slippers

You can find these online, they are very similar to suit slippers for powerlifting suits. A slipper is a piece of soft material usually polyester or rayon with a silk like finish that let other materials slide over it easily. If you don’t have or want to buy a sleeve slipper then you can use a garbage bag or grocery store plastic bag. Cut the bag down to a piece that is roughly as long as your lower leg from foot to knee cap. Slide the bag over your lower leg then pull the knee sleeve on the standard way over top of it. Once the knee sleeve is in place pull the bag out from the bottom. Wallah. The slipper method works better for downsized knee sleeves. Typically in competitions people will go up to 2 sizes smaller to try to get rebound out of the knee sleeve. It is almost impossible to get a sleeve that size on your leg without a slipper or almost a 20 minute workout.

Staying Fit on the Fourth!

Today shall be a day filled with family, friends, fun, and of course, FOOD!

Food is culture; it brings people together. If you think about it, we revolve a lot of our lives around food! When you think of a typical first date, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Dinner and a movie. What about a birthday party? Cake and ice cream. Thanksgiving? Christmas? Easter? Dinner, of course! Events and holidays in the summer are mostly formed around drinks and cookouts. Although I do think its important to get a cheat or treat meal in every once in a while, sometimes you don’t want to fall completely off the wagon, because I do understand it can be difficult to jump back on.

Personally, I think we can all do something about this. Every day I see more and more people becoming interested in changing their lifestyles and wanting to live more healthfully. The problem is, we really don’t know where to start, and how in-depth to go. I think if more people start making little changes at events and holidays, we truly can start making a difference in living healthier lives.

The problem is, many people associate eating healthy with eating boring and less tasty food, and the only real “good” food is unhealthy food. This is completely false. Guess what? Most junk food that you find in a store, and even grandma’s cookies are a combination of ingredients. Surprisingly swiss cake rolls and nutty buddies do not come from the ground, or off a tree. The first snack cakes were MADE by people! Have you tried eating flour alone? Baking soda? Partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil? Yeah…they’re not very tasty. This doesn’t just go for sweets! Fried chicken, boxed macaroni and cheese, potato salad, etc. they are all combinations of foods, that were probably made through experimentation in a kitchen.

So what if we started to do the same things with healthier food? Experiment, make, and try new recipes with food that is more waistline friendly, and aesthetically pleasing. Offering more nutritionally dense foods at events and holidays (along with grandma’s cookies, of course!) to make America believe that healthy is not boring, and that it can in fact be right up there with some of your personal favorites. Try and tell me that a juicy steak cooked just the way you want it paired with a perfectly baked sweet potato isn’t delicious. (Hint: people may think eating steaks and other red meats is horrible for you…think again! Eating this will help your physique a lot more than fried chicken and potato salad!)

Tips for surviving events and holidays:

  • -Try to incorporate at least some protein in every meal. Eggs, egg whites, meats, tofu (if vegetarian), protein powder such as Rule One Protein, plain greek yogurt and smarter foods that may be high in another macronutrient such as nuts (good source of fat) and quinoa (a good source of carbohydrates) but also have a notable amount of protein hidden in them.
  • -Cook and bake with coconut oil. It is so much better for you than other oils, and is in fact 60% medium chain triglycerides, which actually helps BURN fat!
  • -Use vegetables as meal fillers! Instead of loading up on more pasta, try loading up on some broccoli or cauliflower. The fiber and water content will help keep you fuller.
  • -Sweeten baked goods with FRUIT! Dates and bananas are very common for this! For lower calorie sweetening, try some stevia- which is a zero calorie sweetener that is extracted from a plant.
  • -Eat fat. Yes. Eat fat!!! Avocados (hello, who doesn’t LOVE guacamole!), nuts and nut butters (from real nuts like almonds and cashews, not peanuts which are actually legumes!), coconut oil (which is a solid at room temperature so I use it as butter!), whole eggs, grassfed butter, and fats from meat! Steak, beef, uncured bacon, there are so many delicious options!
  • -Lose the bun, or replace it with something better. My family has been using Ezekiel english muffins when we grill burgers and honestly, it is easily one of the best ways to eat a burger! That extra crunch from toasting them is exactly what burgers needed to be even better.
  • -At cookouts and parties, offer fruit, nut, and vegetable platters.
  • -Water, water, water! You must stay hydrated, especially when consuming alcohol. Always keep a bottle of water by you to sip on while you’re having a drink.
  • -Use club soda and fruit to sweeten drinks rather than juices and tonic water.

 

For a low calorie and inexpensive treat to bring to parties today, try THIS:

What you’ll need:
-Box of graham crackers,
-Cool Whip Free
-Fun sprinkles!

All you need to do is freeze the cool whip, then add 2 tablespoons of it on to half of a graham cracker. Sandwich it with the other half, and dip the sides in festive sprinkles! Freeze for 10-20 more minutes and you now have under 100 calorie “ice cream sandwiches” 🙂