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12/12/2014 11:11:39 AM - Austin S

I am sending this question to you since I know you have plenty of experience raw, single ply, and multiply. Here are two questions I sent to Dr. Deebel. He recommended I contact a gear guy for further help.

Right now I'm training for a push-pull meet and only squatting at maintenance levels with pretty low volume and weight. I wear neoprene sleeves for every single workout which help keep my knees comfortable but don't provide support. When I squat and go over 250 lbs I put on wraps really loose. This has helped so far but if you suggest maybe single ply briefs I'd be willing to give it a shot if it would help. Thank you for any help.

Hi Austin,

Do you compete raw and plan to stay that way? If so, then I recommend you train in the same conditions as you plan to compete. If you start wearing briefs it will reduce the stress on your hips, but may end up masking weaknesses as well. I would definitely stick with the knee sleeves for your warm ups and the wraps for your heavy sets, especially if you plan to eventually compete where they’re allowed.

What I recommend you do is to incorporate box squats. Box squats force you to sit back which greatly reduces the stress on your knees. Box squatting will also help increase the strength of your hips which should have better carryover to your deadlift. I also recommend you perform TKEs before squatting each time, which will help to give you an isolated warm up to your knee and the surrounding area.

Here’s a link to an article I wrote on the benefits of box squatting:
Why Box Squat?

Here’s a link to an article how to perform TKEs:

Band TKEs and Heel Touchdown

I honestly didn’t anticipate plugging my M2 Method ebook in this question, but if you’ve never incorporated box squats prior to this and are unsure on the weights and percentages you should use it could be a very useful reference:


I hope this helps. Let me know if you need anything else.

Thanks for the question,
Brian Schwab

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