I have a meet on April 5th. Prior to this past Saturday, I had only benched in a shirt once. ( My meet in feb I just benched raw, but squatted and deadlifted equipped. ) When I tried a bench shirt before ( titan fury ), it didn't go very well, but I wasn't sure if the problem was just that shirt or just I needed to learn how to bench in any shirt. Anyway, last saturday one of my workout buddies let me try a few of his old shirts. I tried a katana (size 54) and really liked it. With the fury, at the bottom the shirt kind of compresses my entire upper body in a painful way that provided me little to no help. When I touched with the katana I felt like the shirt gave me a good pop off the bottom and no pain. So, I think I found the right shirt for me. Anyway back to my question. I have 3 ME bench sessions before the meet, and was wondering if you guys think it's possible to get used to the shirt in this short period of time. Also I was wondering if maybe I should change a couple of my DE bench days to ME and work the shirt twice a week ( not the week prior to the meet though ), or do you think this would be counter productive. Any advice will be appreciated.
No, 3 weeks isn't going to happen with someone with your range of motion. Only way is if it was a really loose shirt, but I don't see the point of that. Turning your DE sessions into ME sessions would lead you into being way overtrained going into the meet. Stick with your raw bench for this meet and then try to get in the shirt further in advance before your next meet
I understand the overtraining comment, but I think benching with the shirt may prevent that if it's only one or two extra ME sessions. Yesterday I did more volume with the shirt than I've ever done raw, and today I feel like I didn't even bench yesterday ( so the shirt was obviously helping. )
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Since we were doing reverse band presses this last week, I don't think that you really got much of an idea as to how much the shirt is going to help, if any, at the meet. I think that next week we should try to use the shirt with a competition style press and if it helps, and you can consistantly touch and make good lifts than I don't see any reason not to use it. Between the shirt being loose and lack of experience I dont think that you will get much out of the shirt, but if you are going to be lifting equipped anyways for squat and you can get even 20 lbs or so out of the shirt then I don't see any reason why you wouldn't use it. I wouldn't add any extra ME workouts though (speaking from experience that really screws things up). I am pretty sure that help from some of the experienced lifters you could add at least a little something to your raw bench.
So if you were set on squatting equipped, what would you do about benching? A month ago, the first time you tried that shirt you were in, you were got 405 ( I'm pretty sure it touched, right? ). I knew I shouldn't have done the reverse bands on saturday, but everybody was saying I'd still know about the shirt doing them.
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Gosh, you'd think just trying to lift as much weight as you can would be easy, but the more I powerlift, the more I realize that it's much more complicated than you'd think. ( But a few things became really clear to me last Saturday, I love powerlifting with all my heart and the guys we bench with are incredibly helpful. )
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Last edited by BigTallOx; 03-08-2009 at 10:39 PM.
Dude... you asked for advice, and one of the best benchers around told you to not wear the shirt... and you're just trying to find a way around it. Why even ask?
I've had Travis give me advice, didn't listen, and then I was so trashed I almost couldn't bench at the meet.
Basically, 3 people have replied ( I'm not counting you ) 2 out of the 3 specifically said that I should try my shirt after my opener, and actually Travis responded before I posed that as a question. I value Travis' opinion but there are other people's opinion here I also value ( and there are other people not on this forum who's opinion that I value ). No disrespect to Travis or anybody else, but his answer is not the only answer IMHO. I want to hear what everybody thinks, I think it's pretty silly for you criticizing me for asking for such.
Last edited by Travis Bell; 03-08-2009 at 11:51 PM.
he did actually offer something there BTO. He stated that he'd had a previous experience, which if I recall correctly was similar to yours, or at least what you are proposing.
If you wanted to only hear people say that you have a good idea and support you, why not just go ahead and do it then? It honestly is no skin off my back if you ignore my advice or anyone else's advice for that matter.
You are wrong on several issues though. First off, benching in a shirt is much more taxing than benching raw. You're doing it wrong if it isn't. Second, I didn't say it wouldn't work because you needed to take an opener raw or anything like that. Going from never being in a shirt, to in a shirt every week, twice a week is just ridiculous man! I'm sorry, but it is. You'll be so far overtrained by the time the meet comes around you'll be useless.
Would you rather bench 330lbs raw, or nothing equipped?
I guess I just don't understand why all of a sudden you must bench in a shirt this meet.
Just let this one slide, and start working the shirt for the next one as I said earlier. That's my best advice, but you know what, you're right, mine isn't the only opinion out there so take it or leave it man
"I've had Travis give me advice, didn't listen, and then I was so trashed I almost couldn't bench at the meet."
I have no way of knowing what the advice was about, and definitely wouldn't assume it was for something similar to my question ( especially since my situation is pretty unique given I'm 6'8" tall ).
But none of this was the point of my post, I wanted to see what everybody thought, but now I don't think that's going to happen.
Last edited by BigTallOx; 03-09-2009 at 12:37 AM.
Your CNS doesn't get a burn or a pump dude.Then why was I able to do about twice the volume than I normally do raw, but feel like I did nothing. What am I doing wrong?
I'm not being sarcastic, you obviously don't believe me so go ahead and try your proposal and see how things go. Maybe I'm just wrong and that goofy Louie guy has been lying to me all along.
So what if you take second or third or don't place? You think we've all won every show we ever went to?Because it's probably the first meet that I'll have other people in my weight class and division. Because I think I finally found the shirt that felt right for me, and could possibly see learning it. Because I felt like the shirt would added 75 pounds to my bench last saturday ( but we didn't do flat bench with straight weight ). Because my bench is weak and I'd take even adding another 10 pounds, lol. Because some really strong guys I lift with indicated it was a possibility.
You don't know how much a shirt will add to your bench until you actually go full range straight weight. Other very experienced benchers have found correlations or ways around that, but they have much much more experience in the shirt than you do
I have no idea what this statement means. The thread is not locked or anything so why can't people still comment?But none of this was the point of my post, I wanted to see what everybody thought, but now I don't think that's going to happen.
I won't keep arguing with you on this. Like I say, maybe I'm completely wrong. You obviously seem convinced that your idea will work, so try it and post up the results. Maybe it'll work.
Last edited by BigTallOx; 03-09-2009 at 12:46 AM.
Ive benched 2x per week before the last few weeks before a contest, and its worked for me, I just never really do any true max effort work, just working up to 90-95% or a double with a rep in the tank.
I would give it a try, if you get 20lbs out of it which i am sure you will get more and more importantly - you are confident in in it. I'm not a huge bencher (recently hit 500 shirted), so ive always figured that the weight I move is pretty much nothing in terms of overtraining.
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Go for it dude. Heavy in the shirt twice a week. Use it as often as you can. Break that sucker in quick and I guarantee a HUGE Pr in your meet.
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Also I would just skip boards entirely, you should learn the groove ASAP, go full range with every weight you take during every workout...
What I don't understand is why people can't just give BTO advice without being stupid about it. Travis gave solid advice, along with a few others at the beginning of the post. No one ever said anything about ignoring anyones advice just that there may be other opinions from other accomplished pressers. BTO has been posting here for a long time and never given anybody any crap. He asked a serious question and should be given a serious answer. The reason that guys like myself post on here is to learn from lifters like Travis, but learning means trying to understand why advice is given which is all BTO was trying to do. After reading the posts again I still don't understand why he should not try to use a shirt for the competition. I think Travis answered clearly as to why using the shirt in more than one ME day per week would be stupid, but as to why he shouldn't use a shirt for the competition I have no idea other than Travis saying that it would be difficult to learn a decent shirt in that amount of time. I agree with this, but given BTOs options I think he could easily learn to use a loose shirt enough to improve his total without much in the way of risk. Sure he wont get a ton of carryover from that type of shirt, but in an equipped division a 365 shirted bench beats out a 345 raw bench. Maybe my experience is unique, but the first time I tried a shirt it was really loose, and really easy to touch anything, (I could touch 335) but it still gave me ~50 lbs of carryover. So really why not use the shirt? Take the guy seriously and answer the question.
He was given very good advice from one of the top benchers on this board, Im fairly certainmany of the other top pros are going to echo what travis said...
So he was given great advice and chose not to accept it, because he already has his mind made up on what he's going to do, so 2 things from this can be said:
1) he already knew what he was going to do, so why waste everyones time making a thread
2) he's not listening to very sound advice, so we gave him unsound advice as that seems to be what he's interested in at the moment...