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Stumprrp
09-10-2007, 05:36 PM
After sundays bench press meet and talking with some of the big guys on there, im getting so serious this next year its going to be my job.

The USPF nationals are in rhode island next year, june specifically, obviously my hamstring needs to heal which it SEEMS to be very nicely. Im going to start training (at least bench) smarter and harder then before going back to speed work.

Im getting a bench shirt, if i want to be a national competitor I NEED GEAR. Im looking at the metal ipf viking shirt. ill probably be buying this in the next 2 weeks.

As for my legs, well, once im back up to par RAW in lets say 2-3 months (back to 5-550 RAW and near 600 on dead) im also getting a squat/deadlift suit and knee wraps.

Guys, i want to win this comp next year, i plan to do it around 240 lbs also.

The only issue is i dont have a partner, but all the guys at my gym are willing to help, so i should be all set.

Does anyone have any opinion on the gear, which gear, how often to train in it, changing my training once i get it, anything to help me prepare for next year (giving i dont blow my hammy before then)

GRRR!!!!

Ryano
09-10-2007, 06:37 PM
Gear?...Titan. Call Ken Anderson. If you are new to gear, get loose stuff to start out with. Ken can help you out with sizing. If it doesn't fit at first, he will get it right. Get in the gear EVERY week, for each lift. If you want to compete in gear, learn the gear, live in it. You can have a raw DE day, but ME days are in gear, 3 reps or less. Good luck.

RhodeHouse
09-10-2007, 06:50 PM
One guy I train with got his gear from Titan 10 months after he ordered it, and he was a sponsered lifter.

Why the IPF Metal? Are you lifting in a single-ply fed? If not, get double-ply gear. Single-ply gear only has a few lifts in them before they stretch out

One word of advice to you. Don't focus on winning your first contest. Just go and compete. Your 2 goals should be:
1 - go 9 for 9
2 - set new PR's

No more than 3 weeks in a row in the bench shirt
You can wear briefs on ME day each week, but back off when you need it. Your body will tell you.

Chris Rodgers
09-10-2007, 07:02 PM
One guy I train with got his gear from Titan 10 months after he ordered it, and he was a sponsered lifter.

Why the IPF Metal? Are you lifting in a single-ply fed? If not, get double-ply gear. Single-ply gear only has a few lifts in them before they stretch out

One word of advice to you. Don't focus on winning your first contest. Just go and compete. Your 2 goals should be:
1 - go 9 for 9
2 - set new PR's

No more than 3 weeks in a row in the bench shirt
You can wear briefs on ME day each week, but back off when you need it. Your body will tell you.



He's going USPF, so he needs single-ply. He has already competed too, this will be his first time in gear.


I think you definitely need to work in the gear to learn it, but single-ply is a lot more forgiving then crazy gangsta multi-ply. Inzer, Metal, Titan all make good stuff. Pick something you can afford and that they can send you by the time you need it.

Ryano
09-10-2007, 07:24 PM
I am a sponsored lifter, but that aside, Ken Anderson will get the gear to you within 3 days, if it's stock. If you order custom stuff, good luck, just like any other manufacturer. I lift in stock gear and have great results. I also lift in my bench shirt EVERY week and I'm >50 years old. The only time I'm not in it, is the week before a meet. You HAVE to learn the gear to compete in gear. Just check the logs of those with the records.

jtteg_x
09-10-2007, 10:06 PM
ive tried the inzer rage-x bench shirt and couldnt figure it out. i went back to my titan f6.

i also pull in a titan deadlift suit and love it. it gives me great support at the bottom.

i tried squatting in my metal ipf suit but didnt really learn it quite yet.


Titan = great gear and cheapest competitor
Inzer = known company. great gear as well. little more than titan
Metal = cost the most. the material of these suits are much more heavyduty. and imo, advanced gear.




edit: full blown gear if meet is 5 weeks prior.

Stumprrp
09-10-2007, 10:29 PM
thanks for the advice, rhodes ive done a state level comp before and took it easily RAW.

money well ill pay for good stuff i suppose, seems like metal is really good thats why i said the ipf shirt.

RhodeHouse
09-11-2007, 07:43 AM
I am a sponsored lifter, but that aside, Ken Anderson will get the gear to you within 3 days, if it's stock. If you order custom stuff, good luck, just like any other manufacturer. I lift in stock gear and have great results. I also lift in my bench shirt EVERY week and I'm >50 years old. The only time I'm not in it, is the week before a meet. You HAVE to learn the gear to compete in gear. Just check the logs of those with the records.

If he's a full meet lifter, he can't be in gear every week. It's too taxing on the body. It's begging for an injury. I train with one of the best, and he's a bench specialist, and he's in the shirt 3 weeks in a row - 1 week out.

We all have our favorite gear, but I know of 2 manufacturers that have 1-3 week turn around on custom gear.

chris mason
09-11-2007, 05:08 PM
I met Ken Anderson at Kenny Patterson's meet and he was a very good guy.

waynedang
09-11-2007, 07:01 PM
For a guy that buys his own gear (me)Titan is the way to go. Do not ever order direct from Titan!!! Call Ken or one of the other dealers. Most keep a lot of gear in stock and you get it quick.

Titan has a kick ass warranty
The Titan shirts are easy to have altered after they stretch out.

I blew up an Inzer Rage X first time out and the warranty was 7 days!
Inzer will not alter the Rage X. (this is what they told my training partner) I know some sponnsored lifters can get this done

I have not used the Metal so I can not say one way or the other.

KevinStarke
09-11-2007, 07:06 PM
I'm not sponsored and they cut my sleeves back 2" no prob.

waynedang
09-13-2007, 03:52 AM
Cutting sleeves is different than getting the chest plate taken in an inch.