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Rusty
01-10-2008, 05:29 PM
I did a search and yielded nothing.

Soooo..........

Can starting to use gear too early hinder your progress and cause you to rely on it too much? Should you wait until you've built up a considerable strength base before getting into gear?

When's the ideal time to start training with shirts/suits/briefs...etc?

Lones Green
01-10-2008, 05:49 PM
i waited til i'd been powerlifting for 6 months before i bought my first single ply suit. i'd been lifting weights since high school, though. i got over 100 lbs out of a single ply suit, so i had pretty good success with it. you probably need to build some decent raw strength before you start. its hard for me to hit depth if i'm not using a lot of weight in my single ply suit.

Ben Moore
01-10-2008, 11:04 PM
What are your goals for competing? How long have you been training?

I'm definitely a proponent of training raw, but have recently started incorporating "some" gear to allow for an overload factor. I trained for 15 years before I stepped into a suit.

deeder
01-10-2008, 11:11 PM
It totally depends on your goals as a lifter.

As a single ply lifter I don't train in gear very often as the learning curve isn't the same as some of the more extreme stuff.

I've found that getting into my gear for 3-5 sessions before a contest is enough to get into the groove of things. I put my squat suit or bench shirt on every once and a while to practice but so far it hasn't been more than every 1 or 2 months..

Sidior
01-11-2008, 01:51 AM
I lifted for 2.5 years before I got into any gear which was single ply at the time. I got in to multi ply briefs soon after hitting the 3 year mark.

I think gear can be beneficial and fun to use once a lifter has a solid base with the big 3.

Rusty
01-11-2008, 04:35 AM
It totally depends on your goals as a lifter.

As a single ply lifter I don't train in gear very often as the learning curve isn't the same as some of the more extreme stuff.

I've found that getting into my gear for 3-5 sessions before a contest is enough to get into the groove of things. I put my squat suit or bench shirt on every once and a while to practice but so far it hasn't been more than every 1 or 2 months..

This was the answer I was looking for.

I'm applying for an OPA and CPU membership, and I'd like to do an open meet within the next year. I want to get some time in while I'm still a junior.

I think I'll order a shirt and some briefs just to start to learn how to use them.

Deeder, are you going to the CPU nationals in St. Catherines this April?

Sidior
01-11-2008, 11:00 AM
This was the answer I was looking for.

I'm applying for an OPA and CPU membership, and I'd like to do an open meet within the next year. I want to get some time in while I'm still a junior.

I think I'll order a shirt and some briefs just to start to learn how to use them.

Deeder, are you going to the CPU nationals in St. Catherines this April?

If you are competing in the CPU get a shirt and squat suit. Briefs aren't legal.

deeder
01-11-2008, 11:05 AM
If you are competing in the CPU get a shirt and squat suit. Briefs aren't legal.

Listen to this man.


This was the answer I was looking for.

I'm applying for an OPA and CPU membership, and I'd like to do an open meet within the next year. I want to get some time in while I'm still a junior.

I think I'll order a shirt and some briefs just to start to learn how to use them.

Deeder, are you going to the CPU nationals in St. Catherines this April?

Yes I'll be at Nationals :thumbup:

I'll be the guy that everyone's whispering about (didn't he total under 500 last year?! WOW!!!)

Rusty
01-11-2008, 12:51 PM
If you are competing in the CPU get a shirt and squat suit. Briefs aren't legal.

Good to know! Thanks guys.

vdizenzo
01-11-2008, 09:24 PM
I think you can start wearing gear whenever you want regardless of age. However, you must be responsible and make good core strength gains. It is good to throw in occassional unequipped cycles. Keep some of your ME exercises unequipped and you will be fine.

The days of putting on gear two weeks before a meet are over. You must train in the gear to learn the gear.

Priest
01-14-2008, 10:59 AM
Whenever you want.

Rusty
01-14-2008, 06:02 PM
Just ordered a shirt and squat suit from a place in Regina (they were the only place in Canada I could find that had metal gear). I was going to order from EliteFTS but I didn't want to get hit with border taxes. The shirt wasn't in stock so it'll be a couple of weeks. I also mailed in my application to the OPA today so if everything goes to plan, I should be looking to sign up for a meet sometime during the summer.

PriestCometh
01-15-2008, 03:27 PM
what kind did u get?

deeder
01-15-2008, 03:36 PM
Just ordered a shirt and squat suit from a place in Regina (they were the only place in Canada I could find that had metal gear). I was going to order from EliteFTS but I didn't want to get hit with border taxes. The shirt wasn't in stock so it'll be a couple of weeks. I also mailed in my application to the OPA today so if everything goes to plan, I should be looking to sign up for a meet sometime during the summer.

Excellent choice! You ordered from the guys I train with :ninja:

Rusty
01-21-2008, 08:35 AM
what kind did u get?

Viking bencher and a Viking V-Squatter


Excellent choice! You ordered from the guys I train with :ninja:

Awsome! :D

I'll definitely be doing business again with them in the future!