Elbow Wraps - Everything You Need To Know About Them

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Elbow Wraps - Everything You Need To Know About Them

Elbow wraps are an important piece of equipment for any bodybuilder. They can be used to protect your elbows from injury, and they allow you to lift more weight than you would without them. Knowing how to use elbow wraps is key if you want the best results out of your workout. This blog post will teach you everything that there is to know about this popular fitness tool! 

We'll start with a brief history of the invention of elbow wraps, so you understand the origins of why people wrap their elbows in order to do their workouts.

Wrapping your arms has been around since ancient times; it was believed that wrapping one's arms improved performance in battle by strengthening muscles and protecting against injuries like broken bones or sprains.

Alexander the great was one of the first people to utilize elbow wraps in his day-to-day activities. He is widely recorded as wearing cloth wraps around his upper arms to improve his overall strength; he used them regularly when he trained, and on the battlefield.

During the late 1800s and early 1900s, weight training became something that was done to improve fitness levels. It was not until then that people began wrapping their elbows for workouts, as this new practice would help them to lift more weight than they would have been able to without wrapping. People began wrapping their arms for weightlifting as early as 1891, shortly after it became a popular workout activity

Some sports are still using elbow wraps today! In fact, many wrestling competitions require wrestlers to wear elbow pads so they don't suffer dangerous injuries.

What Do Elbow Wraps Do?

As mentioned before, elbow wraps give you extra support while lifting weights. They make your elbows feel like they are surrounded by a soft cushion that allows you to push more weight without straining your joints or tendons. 

They also prevent overuse injuries by reducing the amount of pressure that is put on the ligaments around the elbow joint.

While it is true that elbow wraps do protect your bones from injury, the primary reason why bodybuilders wear wraps is to improve performance in their workouts.  Just like any type of workout gear, they can make or break a weight training program.  

Benefits of Elbow Wraps

There are many reasons why compression wraps are used by bodybuilders:

  • They allow you to lift more weight.  The extra brace that wraps around your elbow joint helps prevent injury, so you can lift heavier than you would be able to with bare arms and no wrap.
  • They increase the stability of your joints when lifting weights.
  • They decrease the amount of pressure on your elbow joint, so it won't feel like you're working a tendon or ligament too hard.
  • They help with muscle soreness.  If you wrap up before exercising, your elbows will be much less sore after your workout, and you'll also experience less pain in that area while doing daily activities like typing or playing video games.
  • They are easy to wear under your workout clothes, so you can go from exercising to working in the office immediately after your workout without having to change.
  • They look cool! If that is important to you, then elbow wraps will help you out a lot – They attach with Velcro and are usually bright colors, making them a unique accessory to your workout gear.

Elbow Wraps VS Elbow Sleeves

Some people are confused about the difference between elbow sleeves and elbow wraps, so we'll lay down the facts –

  • Neoprene Elbow Wraps: These wraps are made of a stretchable material that makes it easier for you to wrap securely around your joints. They are a little more expensive than other types of elbow wraps, but they do provide more support and comfort while working out. Elbow Sleeves are used for comfort.
  • Cotton/Polyester Elbow Wraps: This is a very popular option for people who want to purchase elbow sleeves and wraps at the same time. The cotton material is comfortable, while the polyester provides extra padding in key areas around your joint to let you lift more weight than you would be able to without support. Elbow wraps are for performance.

Are elbow sleeves better than wraps? No, they are just different – both serve a specific purpose depending on how you plan to use them.

We recommend picking up a set of both elbow sleeves and wraps if you are serious about getting in shape. 

When Should You Use an Elbow Wrap

Most people are pretty good at lifting weights without elbow compression wraps, but they can still be a useful tool in your weight training arsenal. 

Here's how you should use them –

  • It's a good idea to wear elbow wraps when you are first starting out with an exercise program, so your joints can get used to working under stress.
  • When recovering from injury, conditioning, or getting in shape: If you are coming back from an injury or just trying to regain your strength after taking time off from working out for a while, then elbow compression wraps will help stabilize your joints and prevent further injuries as you build up muscle mass again.
    They can also be worn during other types of exercises that don't put stress on the elbow joint. For example – after doing leg workouts with barbell squats and lunges, it's important to wear compression wraps on your knees so they won't swell up too much afterward. 
  • When lifting heavy weights: If your workout calls for using weights that exceed 50 pounds of resistance, then elbow compression sleeves and elbow wraps become necessary to prevent injury.  Even if you don't plan on moving half a ton of weight, sometimes extra support is needed.
    For instance – if you are using heavyweights on one arm and then switch arms to lift with the other, compression wraps will help stabilize your joints as you transition from lifting with one arm to the next.
  • When working with light weights: If the weights you are using don't exceed 40 pounds of resistance, then elbow sleeves or wraps aren't necessary to protect your elbow joint. You can get the same effect by wearing elbow pads underneath your workout shirt or using a piece of cloth to wrap around your elbows.
  • Whenever you need more elbow support: If it feels like your elbows are working too hard or getting sore during an exercise session, try wearing elbow compression sleeves or wraps and see if they can take some stress off of your muscles and stabilizes the joint while letting you move freely. 

Elbow Wraps for Bench Press

One of the most common fitness-related questions is – "Do elbow wraps help me lift more weight on the bench press?"

The answer is, yes they do. If you are doing standard bench presses with 45-pound dumbbells and your elbows start to hurt during your set, taking a few seconds to slip on some elbow sleeves or elbow wraps can make a big difference. The extra support makes it easier to get the last couple of repetitions completed without having to take a break and recover your strength. 

If you substitute in a heavier weight, then elbow wraps become necessary for keeping your elbows healthy and strong – if you are lifting weights over 60 pounds that put a lot of stress on your joints, then wearing elbow compression wraps is a must.

You may not be able to lift as much weight without the added support, but you will get better results.

How to Wrap Elbow Wraps Correctly

You might not have to wrap your elbows at all while lifting weights, but it is important to know how to do it if you decide that elbow wraps are necessary for protecting your joints during an exercise session. Here's how you can do the job right – 

  • Make sure your elbow compression sleeves or wraps are clean and dry before putting them on.
  • Wrap one end of the elbow wrap around your wrist and then bring it up to cover your elbows. Pull straps tight and adjust so they fit snug against your arm without being too uncomfortable.
  • Wrap several times – Elbow compression wraps are usually long enough to wrap around your elbow a few times, so make sure you wrap them securely.
  • You can use athletic tape to secure the wrap in place if you want to be doubly sure it won't loosen while lifting weights. 

Where Can I Buy a Pair of Elbow Wraps

There are a number of places you can buy elbow compression sleeves and wraps online – just do an internet search on "elbow support", "elbow sleeves" or "elbow wraps".

DMOOSE elbow wraps are a great choice because they are reasonably priced and made from comfortable materials that won't itch or irritate your skin. You can also buy a pair of elbow sleeves here if you don't want to commit to elbow wraps yet. If you're looking for more great fitness products, then check out our store.

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Takeaway

Elbow wraps do help take the stress off of your elbow joints and stabilize them to prevent injuries, but they aren't always necessary if you are lifting weights that don't exceed 40 pounds. If the weights you lift are heavier than this, then elbow compression sleeves or elbow wraps can provide more support for your elbows without getting in the way of exercising.

Keep in mind that you should take care not to wrap them too tightly, which can create its own injury problems. And make sure your elbow sleeves and wraps are clean and dry before putting them on to avoid infections or rashes.

If you have any questions about elbow wraps, just contact us via live chat or support@dmoose.com

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