Do you think I should get a bench shirt? If I use a bench shirt during a bench workout, will that make my raw bench stronger?
I know these are dumb questions, but I had to ask.
If I did not compete in powerlifting I would not get one. Maybe a very basic one, loose if it would help with bad pecs/shoulders. Otherwise I would just try different things to increase the raw bench. Speed work, low board presses, various height lockouts, bands, shoulder work, lats, extra tricep work, anything that was weak I'd strengthen.
My raw strength on the bench and squat hasn't changed much over the past year or so, but my equipped squat and bench has gone up a lot. This is because I am training in the gear often and using it better and better each time as well as strengthening the areas where the gear doesn't help me(lockout).
Best Meet Lifts(Raw):
@165- 430(w/wraps) SQ 260 BE 560 DL.....1250 total
@181- 470(w/wraps) SQ 285 BE 565 DL.....1320 total
Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
@148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
@165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
@181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
Best Gym Lifts(Raw)
455(w/wraps) SQ 275 BE 545 DL
Whether I ever compete depends how I progress. I might in a year or two, don't really know.
I wouldnt recommend you get a bench shirt unless you compete on a regular basis. They are very uncomfortable & impossible to get on by yourself. If you wanna help your raw bench try workin with bands. Might wanna stay away from the bench shirts. I can promise you that you wont like them!
Southern Pride !
where can I get some bands?
Squats work better than supplements.
"You know, if I thought like that, I'd never put more than one plate on the bar for anything, I'd never use bands or chains, I'd never squat to parallel or below, and I'd never let out the slightest grunt when I lift. At some point in your lifting career (assuming you're planning on getting reasonably strong and big), you're going to have to accept that most people think you are some kind of freak." -Sensei
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