Saturday, DH and I decided to go all the way back into the Metromess (my 3rd trip in the week!) to go to the KBH Convention center for the EuropaDallas 2017 Fitness Expo. Neither of us had been to this sort of convention, though we have been to numerous other conventions in our lives.
None however, were quite as noisy as the Europa! OMG, was it LOUD in there! Between the annoying Rap Music blasting out of vendor booths, the dance stage music trying to be loud enough for the dance crowd to hear, and several thousand people having to yell across tables just to converse, it was a darned good thing DH didn't wear his 'ears', or what little hearing he has left, would've been gone! (His 'ears' are mainly amplifiers, without the ability to cancel out unwanted noise.) Seriously, it was so loud, you could've fired a pistol in there, and no one would've been the wiser!
The vendors were mostly well represented, with lots of protein/food/clothing sellers. The glaring gap in vendors was the hardware sellers. Only Troy Barbell and Inzer showed up. We had hoped Rogue, and Texas Barbell would show, but no joy. There were some other sellers of wraps/sleeves/belts, but none I had heard of before the Expo except Inzer.
I had been looking for a set of knee sleeves or wraps, as my right knee is no longer 100%. My doc says I can have a new knee in another 12 years, as I am approaching a bone-on-bone situation on the medial side. After seeing a Rippetoe video on using wraps, I decided I would try those instead of sleeves. Sleeves are faster to put on, but the wraps are infinitely adjustable.
I found the Inzer booth at the Expo, and opted for a set of their Gripper wraps, so there would be less slippage of the wraps in use. I was hoping for some improved support for my knee during squats.
I got to use them last night, during our lifting session. All I can say is "WOW!" I did not expect the amount of support I got from a medium tight wrap! At first it was sort of like walking around with what I called 'robot legs'. It felt strange, not bad, just odd. Then it was time to squat. It made a huge difference in my stability! I was sold on them after the first set!
DH thought he would try them too, just to see, He doesn't have any big knee problems, his issue is a very cranky hip. So when it was time for his squats, we got him wrapped up.