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Elbow Supports - Which Ones Are Right For You?

tuffwraps elbow sleeves information

When it comes to choosing an elbow support for your training it can be a really confusing decision. Do you choose something made of a soft material, like our Dual Ply Elbow Sleeves, or do you choose a thicker style like our 7MM Power Elbow Sleeves made of neoprene!?

Understanding what style of training you will be using the sleeve for is the best way to make an informed decision. Are you into Bodybuilding, Powerlifting, Strongman Training, Cross Training, or are you the everyday gym goer?  

We are confident that we can provide you with a pair of elbow supports that are suitable for your training needs. Keep reading below as we break down all the different styles that we offer. 

Dual Ply Elbow Sleeves

The Double Ply Elbow Sleeves are one of the most popular and softest sleeves we sell.  A combination of their ability to keep the joint warm and apply an unrivalled sense of compression makes them incredibly versatile.

These sleeves are incredibly popular with bodybuilders who often train high volume reps so keeping their bodies and joints warm is incredibly important for them. The added compression can help alleviate issues like tendinitis that can occur in the elbow and forearm, especially during exercises like arm curls and pressing.

The custom compression material we use for these sleeves offers a medium amount of support for the elbow, mainly during pressing movements like bench press and shoulder pressing.

The compression material also makes them very suitable for the often crazy ratios that a bodybuilder can have between their elbow joint and lower bicep.  This is where some of the stiffer neoprene sleeves struggle to mold to the arm so well and end up under performing in terms of compression.

Overall the Dual Ply Elbow Sleeves are a fantastic versatile sleeve that are perfectly suited to the every day fitness enthusiasts all the way to dedicated IFBB Pro Bodybuilders by the likes of Terrence Ruffin and James Hollingshead

5mm Neoprene Elbow Sleeves

The 5mm Neoprene Elbow Sleeves were the first sleeves we ever released and have become a staple addition to many gym bags. The 5mm neoprene construction combined with a tapered inside panel makes them very comfortable to wear for your entire workout while offering a great amount of support.

Because of the slightly shorter design, (compared to the 7mm Power Elbow sleeves) these 5mm versions are very much suited to the explosive nature of Cross Training exercises which require a large range of motion executed quickly, while maintaining great function for every day movements such as push ups and bench press to kettle bell workouts and pull ups.

Overall these are an entry level neoprene sleeve most suited to the general fitness enthusiast who will require support on variety of exercises without restricting their range of motion. 

7mm Neoprene Power Elbow Sleeves

The 7mm Neoprene Power Elbow Sleeves are the most supportive and heavy duty sleeves we currently offer. The thicker neoprene and longer length adds a level of support unmatched by our Dual Ply or 5mm versions.

These sleeves are a firm favorite with the intense disciplines of Strongman and Powerlifting where every ounce of support is required to hit the lift. The 7mm Power Elbow sleeve has a specifically designed double seam section to be worn on the inside of the elbow which allows the sleeve to bend more effectively when the elbow is retracted. This gives the athlete as much rebound support as possible in preparation for the explosive part of the press.

These sleeves are perfect for exercises like heavy bench press or shoulder press as well as strongman log and circus dumb bell work.

Elbow Wraps

Our Villain Elbow Wraps are a very specific piece of equipment and used by people who are really after improving their maximum effort on a bench press or dumb bell flat press.

Using the same "Belt Loop Tightening System" as our best selling Villain Wrist Wraps, our Elbow Wraps are 60" in length which allows them to be wrapped multiple times around the elbow joint and pulled as tight as required, allowing the user to determine the amount of support. Finished off with double velcro attachment points these are a very heavy duty accessory.

Unlike elbow sleeves, the elbow wraps are NOT designed to be worn for multiple sets and instead are to be wrapped and removed after each working set.  

Overall the Villain Elbow Wraps offer a huge amount of support for single set exercises but are suited to a more experienced lifter who is targeting a specific goal.

Suggested Use's

Body Building - Dual Ply / 7mm Neoprene and Elbow Wraps 

Cross Training - 5mm Neoprene

Strongman - 7mm Neoprene / Dual Ply for warming up

Power Lifting - 7mm Neoprene

General fitness - Dual Ply and 5mm Neoprene

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