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Fuzzy
05-19-2011, 09:40 AM
You are all absolutely bat shit crazy and have my undying respect.

I picked up some really cheap second hand equipment and have been having a play with it. I'm competing raw next week and at nationals in August (WPC) so have no intention of doing any equipped work until next year, but let me just say that absolutely blew my mind.

The shirt was a Metal single ply. I could not believe how uncomfortable the pressure was and how much pain I felt in my pecs and armpits. It was a completely new and crazy dimension to have to deal with. Same with the suit, I did a 440 single and thought I was going to die from the pressure in my head and around my legs.

Needless to say, next time I hear someone trash talking geared lifting, I'll shove them into a shirt and let them have a try. I think a lot less people would talk crap if they just tried to even get a bar to touch.

Much respect and love to everyone, just wanted to share how stunned I am by how difficult and radically different equipment is.

joey54
05-19-2011, 09:56 AM
I thought you did equipped lifting in the past? What's the purpose here, reverse trolling?

Fuzzy
05-19-2011, 10:05 AM
I thought you did equipped lifting in the past? What's the purpose here, reverse trolling?

A very loose shirt that barely did anything and that was 5 years ago. This was the first tight shirt.

mastermonster
05-19-2011, 10:25 AM
Nice post Fuzzy! I have a friend who's a state trooper who tried one of my shirts (and it was big on him) and he came away with similar comment about having a whole new respect level for geared lifters.

drew
05-19-2011, 10:51 AM
Now if we could just get all the RRRAAAWWWW nazis to do the same, we'll be all set.

SEOINAGE
05-19-2011, 11:36 AM
Yeah, equipped lifting is insane imo too. Used a few things, but the shirt I used tore me up, more so than anyone else i was lifting with which i don't get, but still to handle the kind of pressure these things cause takes serious manliness. One day I will be man enough.

MarcusWild
05-19-2011, 11:56 AM
I always say multi-ply is the most exciting. On any max lift, you can feel that the lifter is a split second or fraction of an inch from complete disaster.

Brian Hopper
05-19-2011, 12:21 PM
Great post, I love raw and mutli-ply lifting and soon I would like to try single ply lifting.

drew
05-19-2011, 12:35 PM
I always say multi-ply is the most exciting. On any max lift, you can feel that the lifter is a split second or fraction of an inch from complete disaster.

If you've ever seen me bench, this is pretty much every single set. lol

IronDiggy
05-19-2011, 01:07 PM
I find the pressure is worse in my squat suit than my bench shirt. But yea it takes some getting used to ignoring the pressure and the pinch and to keep pulling the bar.

blong
05-19-2011, 05:03 PM
The feeling the next day after using gear in a session to me is the big difference, until you get your work capacity up. After training in gear alot going back to raw training is a great break for the mind and the body. Like Marcus mentioned earlier in the post, it does resemble controlled chaos!
Not trying to be a nut swinger but I got respect for anyone who spends hours locked away with the iron training (raw or equipped) while everyone else is at the lake, pools or jus having fun. Sacrifices for PR's!

NickAus
05-19-2011, 06:23 PM
Good post!!

Yep the pressure is way more, very true.

vdizenzo
05-19-2011, 07:48 PM
If you've ever seen me bench, this is pretty much every single set. lol

More true words have never been spoken

SELK
05-19-2011, 09:26 PM
Ive always felt super uncomfortable in bench shirts, ive spent so much time in them and I am still horrible. Squat gear on the other hand, the first day i put on a suit I was squatting > 200lbs over my best raw squat for reps, guess i got lucky there!. The pressure in gear certainly is fun.

C...unit
05-19-2011, 09:49 PM
Ive always felt super uncomfortable in bench shirts, ive spent so much time in them and I am still horrible. Squat gear on the other hand, the first day i put on a suit I was squatting > 200lbs over my best raw squat for reps, guess i got lucky there!. The pressure in gear certainly is fun.


I am the complete opposite, I am still far away from beeing good but I was decent in a shirt right away and a sloppy mess in just breifs

NickAus
05-19-2011, 10:03 PM
Fist time I used a shirt I pressed 10lb more than my raw and it was ugly as hell lol..............got 160 no probs after some hard work.

mosley1990
05-19-2011, 10:14 PM
(Long time no post)
This was very nice to read! I wish everyone felt the same way. I love training raw and in gear but, the gear takes it to a whole other level!

barryisawinnah
05-19-2011, 10:45 PM
I've never touched mutil-ply gear and probably will never, but I view them as 2 different beasts.

I have respect for the multi-ply guys just like I do the raw guys. 2 different animals.

JK1
05-19-2011, 11:38 PM
Too me raw is different than single ply than multiply. I started powerlifting raw, then moved to single ply and am now moving to multiply. With single ply, the BITE of the gear is what gets you. The pinch of a good bench shirt is like putting your nipple in a vice grip and then twisting it. I've had bruises on my legs for days from my squat suit and have permanent marks on my triceps from my bench shirt.

Multiply is a completely different world in my opinion. Its not the bite of the gear (the gear is gentle compared to single ply in my opinion) as much as its the pressure. You gotta breathe right in multiply or thats it, lights out. I passed out squatting for the first time last weekend with 1100+ on my shoulders. Never done that one before. Really don't want to do it again either.