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    Shirted bench work

    Well it's that time again. I am doing a meet on December 20th so I've gotta hit some openers or at least decide what they are going to be. I did my first shirted bench in a while tonight and it went pretty well.

    350lbs x 1 -- hard touch

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    365lbs x 1 -- easier touch, solid press, felt faster than the 350.

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    Which would you choose as an opener? Or maybe somewhere in the middle. I like being able to touch easier but if I'm having an off day starting lighter could be the right thing to do. I have one more session in the shirt before the day of the meet so it will depend how that goes too.
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    I'm a big believer in picking something you could walk in and hit with no warmup, but that said the 365 looked alot better. Nice work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Moore View Post
    I'm a big believer in picking something you could walk in and hit with no warmup, but that said the 365 looked alot better. Nice work!
    So you're saying I should open with 135lbs? haha

    I definitely thought the 365 looked better too. It felt a lot smoother coming off the chest. I touched the exact same spot (we had chalk on the bar) but it felt like the shirt was loaded properly.
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    Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
    Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
    Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
    Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)

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    you call that 350 a hard touch? did your eyes pop?

    how heavy do you think you will go on your third attempt (to figure out your opener)? need to know what your capable of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokinHawk View Post
    you call that 350 a hard touch? did your eyes pop?

    how heavy do you think you will go on your third attempt (to figure out your opener)? need to know what your capable of.
    Yup I call that a hard touch...

    I'd like to go in the 180-185kg range for my third attempt, so 396-407lbs.
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    Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
    Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
    Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
    Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Moore View Post
    I'm a big believer in picking something you could walk in and hit with no warmup, but that said the 365 looked alot better. Nice work!
    i'm the same way. the 365 looked much easier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deeder View Post
    Yup I call that a hard touch...

    I'd like to go in the 180-185kg range for my third attempt, so 396-407lbs.
    Dude that was not hard to touch at all. It was smooth all the way down. I'd open with the 350 if it was me but you just have to go with what you know best. You can always go up in weight on your attempts, but can't ever go back


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    maybe hard to touch for single ply
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    nah, I've worn lots of single ply shirts thats still not hard to touch

    deeder what kind of shirt are you wearing? is that an F6?


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    what a fatty

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    i'm telling you if your eyes dont pop blood vessels or bleed, or you dont about pass out, its not hard to touch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    nah, I've worn lots of single ply shirts thats still not hard to touch

    deeder what kind of shirt are you wearing? is that an F6?
    It's a metal king presser.

    The reason I say it's hard to touch is because first of all my head felt like it was going to explode haha and second, because it was a fight to keep the bar high enough. Remember that I am an ipf lifter and even where I was touching in those vids might get a red light. It depends on the judge obviously....

    This was also with absolutely nothing done to the shirt: barely pulled down and sleeves not torqued....
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    Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
    Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
    Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
    Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)

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    ah, bummer on the shirt. Metal shirts suck.

    The feeling like your head is going to pop is normal. You'll get used to it. Fortunately that isn't a super tight shirt so you'll be fine


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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    ah, bummer on the shirt. Metal shirts suck.

    The feeling like your head is going to pop is normal. You'll get used to it. Fortunately that isn't a super tight shirt so you'll be fine
    Hopefully the new Ace one is a bit better. Although I doubt it will be IPF legal.
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    I've tried it. Still sucks

    I was invited to Elite and gave it a shot. Its like a neoprene material. Really weird. Maybe some other guys will have better luck with it than I did, but I wasn't impressed in the least bit considering the price they will probably go for


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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    ah, bummer on the shirt. Metal shirts suck.

    The feeling like your head is going to pop is normal. You'll get used to it. Fortunately that isn't a super tight shirt so you'll be fine
    Yeah that's not the first time I've heard that about the Metal bench shirts... I train with the Canadian Metal distributor so it was kind of the natural move to make... All my gear is metal haha

    What would you recommend for a single ply IPF shirt? I've been toying with the idea of getting an F6 or a Katana... I have a pretty good arch and as you saw I'm a fairly moderate bencher; meaning I don't tuck my elbows hard and I don't leave them straight out either.
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    Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
    Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
    Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
    Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)

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    If you don't like how that shirt makes you feel, a Katana will be 10X's worse. A Katana is pretty much two plies laminated together into one. If you like Titan, a stock F6 would be good. Go through Ken Anderson and tell him your measurements. He'll hook you up just right. That guy knows his stuff.

    RageX is also a very well proven shirt that I really like. John Bernor wore a single ply one and benched 750+ I believe. Very good shirt. It will boil down to preference a bit. Watching your benching over and over, either the F6 or the RageX will work just fine

    I've worn most of the shirts out there, metal is by far the worst. They can't seem to cut them right


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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    If you don't like how that shirt makes you feel, a Katana will be 10X's worse. A Katana is pretty much two plies laminated together into one. If you like Titan, a stock F6 would be good. Go through Ken Anderson and tell him your measurements. He'll hook you up just right. That guy knows his stuff.

    RageX is also a very well proven shirt that I really like. John Bernor wore a single ply one and benched 750+ I believe. Very good shirt. It will boil down to preference a bit. Watching your benching over and over, either the F6 or the RageX will work just fine

    I've worn most of the shirts out there, metal is by far the worst. They can't seem to cut them right
    That actually made me LOL.

    I know a few people that wear Katana's and they absolutely love them. I hear the new Super Katana is an absolute beast.

    Considering I've been using the king presser for a while do you think I should go with an F6 or a Katana? It seems funny going from the 'advanced' metal shirt to an F6...
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    Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
    Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
    Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
    Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)

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    Nothing against Metal, but their "advanced" shirts are like under armour compared to the other companies shirts.

    I'd stick with the F6 until you get more comfortable and experienced in the shirt work, after that move up to the Katana


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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    Nothing against Metal, but their "advanced" shirts are like under armour compared to the other companies shirts.

    I'd stick with the F6 until you get more comfortable and experienced in the shirt work, after that move up to the Katana
    Awesome, thanks a lot for the advice Travis. It is greatly appreciated!
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    Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
    Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
    Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
    Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
    Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)

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