wearing a weight lifting beltIf you’re a bodybuilder or just enjoy lifting weights during your fitness routines, we have to ask: What keeps you from working out the most? If you said “injuries”, you’re definitely not alone. Every year, thousands of fitness enthusiasts and athletes are injured doing what they love. The worst part is that it typically takes only one awkward movement to end up with a strain, pull or another injury that keeps you out of the gym and in a lot of pain. What can you do to prevent this from happening? Good question. Let’s talk about why you should be wearing a lifting belt during your weightlifting workouts.

Unfortunately, over the past few years there have been certain “experts” in the fitness field who have argued that wearing a lifting belt leads to weak back and core muscles. This is simply not true. Wearing a weight lifting belt actually helps to increase the use of the abs and lower back muscles. In addition, it helps to support you – in turn, preventing injuries.

Thinking of wearing a weight lifting belt? Check out Grip Power Pads for the best lifting belts on the market.

Take, for example, our collection of Grip Power Pads weightlifting belts. Each type of lifting belt in our online store is ergonomically designed to keep your core muscles tightened when you lift. As a result, your back is much better supported, and it’s easier to maintain the proper form through any lift.

First, we have our Grip Power Pads Leather 6″ Wide Weight Lifting Stiff Belt. This is a 1/4-inch thick cowhide leather belt that (like the name says) is very stiff. Wearing a weight lifting belt like this helps to stabilize your spine and reduce the stress that is put on it by lifting.

Next, there’s our 6” Wide Neoprene Double Belt. This is 2 inches wide at the front for abdominal support. Unlike a leather belt with a predetermined set of holes, this belt has a VELCRO support strap which gives you the ability to adjust tightness to get just the right amount of comfort and support. Wearing a lifting belt like this helps you to avoid injury and helps maximize your exercise performance.

Ladies will love our next belt. Our 5-inch wide Grip Power Pro Lifting Belt for Women is not only stylish, but comes in different sizes to fit women’s figures. Women should wear a belt that fits them properly… not just any men’s belt. Wearing this lifting belt helps to keep your core engaged so you can maintain proper form and do more reps with less risk of injury.

Lastly we have our top of the line Lever Buckle Weightlifting Belt. This is 4 inches wide and 13 millimeters thick. Made with 100% genuine leather, this weight lifting belt is handmade in a variety of sizes. The best part: It weighs almost 5 pounds due to its solid, durable design. It won’t give and will ensure that your body is always in a very secure position.

Our best advice to you: Don’t become a statistic! Protect yourself from back and other injuries by wearing a weight lifting belt. Make the days of being injured a thing of the past!

compression knee sleevesYou were on your daily run, when suddenly one of your knees felt strained. It hurt so badly that you had to stop to stretch out your leg. That didn’t help, so you turned around and limped home.

After adding more weight to your lifting routine, you’ve been feeling like your kneecaps are grinding into themselves. Now you feel like you can’t work out at all. What’s going on?

Have either of these scenarios ever happened to you? If you can relate, or if you’ve ever experienced any type of knee pain brought on by your fitness routine, perhaps it’s time to consider using compression knee sleeves.

What are compression knee sleeves?

Knee sleeves are used to reduce pain by providing some support to the knees. They are usually made of neoprene, and are designed to slide up over your knees. You can wear them on one or both of your knees. When you do so, you’ll often feel less swelling and pain both during and after exercise. To anyone who’s suffering from exercise-induced knee pain, this sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?

Just how do compression knee sleeves work?

Because they compress your knees, knee sleeves help to increase blood flow in the blood vessels located around your knees. This enables you to recover from swelling, strain, pressure and injury much faster. And this is why die-hard runners and weightlifters alike will often tell you that they rely on compression knee sleeves to enable them to workout as much as they do.

Want to know some of the great benefits of wearing compression knee sleeves?

We’re glad you asked! Here are a few:

  • They help to restrict patella (kneecap) movement. This can prevent pain and even dislocation.
  • Compression knee sleeves increase proprioception, which is your body’s sense of the position and motion of your joints. Proprioception results in good balance and the ability to move easily… which in turn usually leads to fewer injuries.
  • Compression knee sleeves can provide warmth, which promotes better blood flow and reduces strain on the knees during exercise.

Are compression knee sleeves for you?

Over 4 million Americans over the age of 50 have artificial knees. If that statistic shocks you, think about all of the people you know who work out on a daily basis. Whether you’re an avid runner, hiker, power walker, or you lift weights, compression knee sleeves will support you and help to protect you from future injuries.

Grip Power Pads compression knee sleeves, for example, are considered the strongest knee sleeves on the market today. They’re 7 millimeters thick, and crafted with ultra-stiff neoprene for optimal compression and unparalleled durability. They also fit further past your knee than other compression knee sleeves. This means that they offer extra support you won’t get from other products. The best part: They were designed by a doctor of physical therapy who specializes in orthopedics.

If you’re an athlete or just someone who wants better joint health, consider getting a pair of compression knee sleeves. Your knees will thank you!