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Gym Belle Q&A: What's With the Knee Socks?

Upon viewing my pictures from the Hail to the Queen Throwdown, Erica asked: what's with the knee socks?

Knee socks are all the rage among CrossFitting women.  At last weekend's competition, most of us were wearing them.  It's partially a function thing, and partially just a quirky fashion statement.

From a practical standpoint, socks protect your legs from getting scraped up.  My left shin is always bruised from something, usually box jumps.  Deadlifting in bare legs is also particularly risky.  The bar travels right up against you, so it's easy to scrape your shins.  The socks add a layer of protection and mask the ugly.  Plus, if I get hot, I can quickly push them down, which makes them better than long pants.

At the event, I noticed several women wearing compression socks, ostensibly to improve their performance.  I love my compression socks for recovery, but actually find them a little distracting to work out in.

For the competition, I sported my "vintage" Juicy knee socks.  They're nearly a decade old and they were free.  (I never forget a gift with purchase.)  Smells like couture, baby.

-Gym Belle-

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