THE IMPORTANCE OF HEALTHY KNEES
What is the worst setback you can have in any sport? Injuries, correct? And what kinds of injuries are the most prevalent? In most cases it is a knee injury that besets a large number of athletes. Unstable knees also develops as one becomes older with old knee injuries surfacing.
One of the expressions I heard a long time ago for boxers was, First your legs go, then your arms go, then your friends go. How much of this is true, does not matter but it does point to the knees as the most vulnerable joints in the body. This is especially true for athletes into basketball, football, tennis and in any sport where the legs are vigorously used.
Take the legs out of action and you have no real strength. Weak legs usually mean weak quad (thigh) muscles. The thigh muscles gather together to become tendons by the knees. The knees then become the important joint so critical for stability and strength in all the body movements.
I learned from experience a long time ago that for an Olympic weightlifter, the knees are the most important joints to keep healthy. With full flexing of the knee joints, it is imperative that they are strong, stable and conditioned to stay that way.
The T.K. Kneebands were created for the purpose of giving support, stability and warmth to the knees. It should be worn anytime the knees are vigorously used. You will gain confidence in the knowledge that you are taking precaution in protecting this vulnerable, most important joint.
Do not wait until you have injured your knee to wear the T.K. Kneebands. If you have one bad knee, you should still wear them on both knees. This is the reason a pair is in each package and not sold individually.
The T.K. Kneebands were made in 1964. I gave my friend Gary Cleveland, a weightlifter who made the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, a pair of my original knee bands before he left for the Olympic Games. He had been using them for training, running, bicycling and hiking until the year 2000 when the seam of one of the pair started to come unglued. Thirty-six years of use is good testimonial of a quality product, don't you think?
Last year my friend Leo and I pursued developing the Kneebands. We were successful in manufacturing them with superior material than my original ones. They are now available.
At the last Arnold Fitness Expo, the T.K. Kneebands were purchased by large men who were into Strongman competition, Power Lifting and Bodybuilding for use on their elbows. It seems their elbows, as the knees, are taxed repeatedly and the support, stability and warmth the bands create works well on the elbows just as it does for the knees.
After you wear it, I doubt you will want to exercise without them. If you use your legs vigorously at work, play or in sports, you will feel more stable and reassured of your body movement with them on. Your knees will feel warm and secure; and when the time comes to take them off, your knees will feel well lubricated and feel like new.
The TK Kneebands come in Small, Medium and Large sizes. Medium will accommodate anyone who weighs between 130 to 250 lb. because it can stretch. When the kneebands are worn for awhile, they will mold to conform with your knees shape.
BRIEF BACKGROUND ON TK (TOMMY KONO)
Tommy Kono's background in the field of weightlifting is very extensive for he has won 3 medals in 3 separate Olympics, two of which were gold and the other silver; and also 6 world championships in weightlifting during the non-Olympic years. He has won Mr. World and 3 times the Mr. Universe physique titles. Tommy had transformed himself from a very sickly child to a great physical specimen. By the time he was 20 he had performed 20 repetitions of full knee bends with 360 lb. while weighing 153 lb. He had continued to perform heavy full squats until the injury of his right knee when he was 29 years old. He was undefeated in Olympics & World Championships from 1952 to 1959 but with his knee injury, arthritis started to set in on his knees. This led to his development of his TK kneeband but it was 4 years too late. Had he created it when he had injured his right knee, he could have possibly won his 3rd gold medal at the Olympics. Tommy is still very much involved with weightlifting and continues to be a student of the sport. He has published an instructional book titled Weightlifting, Olympic Style that is considered by many to be the best book on the market on competitive Olympic weightlifting.