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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    what do bench shirts do?

    i heard many rumors and know people the have used bench press shirts...
    they said they worked really good but i dont exactly know what they do.

    does anyone know from experience know what they do ?

    thanks

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    I'm pretty sure you will be able to get all of the information you need here. I've never used one, but they basically allow you to bench press more weight than you would be able to without one. If used correctly, they give you a "pop" off of the chest that you would not get with just a regular t-shirt.

    It's very technical, though. You can't just go buy one, put it on, and all of a sudden expect to move more weight. You have to break it in, adjust it to fit you/suit your needs, and really learn how to use it. You probably can't get it on by yourself, either. And touching a weight to your chest can be a problem, which is another part of the technical aspect of it. You also have to find the "groove" of the shirt, which I believe allows for a better pop off of the chest.


    I believe they were also designed originally to help save the shoulders and/or pecs when benching particularly heavy weights, though I could be wrong about this.


    Some of the big guys, such as Travis Bell, Wolfe, AJ Roberts, Vincent, Eric Downey, JT, etc., will be able to explain it a lot better than I can, I'm sure.
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    they bench the weight for you...lol

    no really the shirts were originally designed for lifter safety. Keeping the lifters tight in the hole while waiting for the pause, locking the lifter in a good benching groove. Before long lifters found out that they could lift more weight with the shirts and started gearing their training to make the most of the equipment.

    The shirt does add poundage to your ability to lift, but only by changing your training and technique can you add the kinds of poundage that is available by todays equipment.

    The way shirts work is by storing greater potential energy,than muscles alone, on the descent of the lift, thereby creating more kenetic energy when you touch your chest and start the ascent. This allows you to lift more weight...but like I said, its a change in technique and training to fully realize the advantages of the equipment. Your not gonna throw on a shirt and get the same gains as one of the more advanced lifters....

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    Paul said it pretty much right there

    most common misconception though is that if you bench X pounds without one, you'll bench Y pounds in one. Which isn't true. The two are really hard to compare. benching in a shirt requires very good technique and control to be able to get alot out of it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by bencher8 View Post
    they bench the weight for you..
    LOL I knew it!!! my strength is all in my mind


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    If you train properly in one you can get as much in a single as you can in a double or triple.
    They just wont last as long as a multi ply shirt.

    Example:
    I have benched

    700 in a single ply(Katana)(upa diablo meet). Video is on the home page on my website(which I am still trying to perfect).www.priestcometh.com
    700 in a double ply(Katana)(unsanctioned meet).
    650 in a triple ply+. (afpf meet)

    this doesnt count training. I am sure With alot more training in
    a double ply+ I could get more. But, I am more comfortable with
    single plies.

    As far as doing X amount of weight more than your raw. It is different
    for everyone.
    Factors: Long arms, short arms, big chest, small chest, big arch, small arch,
    CNS adjustment to the heavier weights being lifted, tricep strength, how tight you get the chest, how tight you get the arm tubes, toughness and beleive it or not clausterphobia(sp?). Also, you could get the right fitting shirt for you and train wrong in it.

    hope some of this helps. i know i forgot some stuff.

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    interesting, i also thought that there was nothing to the weightlifting shirts, i might have to buy one now...

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    Bench shirts are MAGICAL. I name mine. I started with Merlin, then Merlin II, Merlin III, and so on. Now I have Super Merlin(2ply F6), The BEAR(2ply Katana), The BEAST(2ply Katana, open back, grid stitch sleeve & chestplate). I would not be competing without one.
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    The first shirt I ever put on I got about 50lbs out of it back in jan 05. Today I get anywhere from 150 to 200. How ever my raw bench has gone up as well from like bencher8 said using proper tech and training. As far as what they do for me all the pain goes away. The shoulder support alone is a reason for to always use one weather I compete or not. It'll add years to you lifting.
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    i'm pretty sure it doesn't matter how much you train you won;t be able to get the same weight with a single compared to a double. I get 300+ out of my double ply rage x and i would bet any money my old single rage X wouldn't handle nearly that much. In my mind a decent bencher should get 100 out of a single and 200+out a double

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    idk exactly but i think it has something about helping your ches muscles push which is why most powerlifters train there triceps and lockout so much. it helps you push out the bottom adnd your chest. BTW im not entirely postitive. im nto a powerlifter

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    Quote Originally Posted by lackie View Post
    i'm pretty sure it doesn't matter how much you train you won;t be able to get the same weight with a single compared to a double. I get 300+ out of my double ply rage x and i would bet any money my old single rage X wouldn't handle nearly that much. In my mind a decent bencher should get 100 out of a single and 200+out a double
    300+?
    So what are your numbers?
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    Bench shirts vary...

    Which one is the best though?

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    No one is best - it all depends on your technique, experience and preference

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSeeker View Post
    Bench shirts vary...

    Which one is the best though?

    Inzer Advance Designs make great bp shirts. Try the Inzer Rage X Bp Shirt
    http://www.inzernet.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=ragex

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    Quote Originally Posted by gamodye View Post
    interesting, i also thought that there was nothing to the weightlifting shirts, i might have to buy one now...

    Inzer Advance Designs make great bp shirts. Try the Inzer Rage X Bp Shirt
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigman714 View Post
    i heard many rumors and know people the have used bench press shirts...
    they said they worked really good but i dont exactly know what they do.

    does anyone know from experience know what they do ?

    thanks
    Linked in the stickies, but yeah...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSeeker View Post
    Bench shirts vary...

    Which one is the best though?
    Inzer bench shirts are the best right now


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    my best in competion is 705 best in gym is 725 and I did 805 but didn;t quite touch about3/4 of an inch from touching. and raw 425 (embarassing) I have a dead spot it seams about 2-3 inch off my chest if the spotter just taps the bar with there fingers i can do it easy. I really need to do a good raw cycle and get it up there

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    best shirt in my mind is double rage x they last forever my old one is 3 years old and i can still get 250 out of that and the one I used in May was 2 years old

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