I´ve been involved in weightlifting for almost all my life.
I´ve competed in Powerlifting a while ago (more than 12 year ago), and once again the little bug inside of me is bothering to get into the nationals of Bench Press next december, at seniors (+41 yrs) category.
I´ve attended a couple of tournaments, and EVERYBODY is using bench shirts.
Believe it or not, I haven´t even tried one in my 26 years of weightlifting.
I´ve been training WSB for the last couple of months and my 1RM is 365 Lbs (again let me point out, RAW).
To be honest, I am pretty sure out of what I´ve seen, that in my country (Uruguay, a very small country in South America between Brazil & Argentina) I can get a pretty decent top #3 to 5th position in the Senior +41 years, but to be honest, if I compete I want to win.
Besides that, i want to get OVER 440 Lbs (and be the 20th guy in the country to get that).
So, it´s time to get a shirt.
So, I´ve been doing some research but to be honest, I am not sure if I would go for an entry level shirt (like an Inzer Rage or Rage X) or a more expirienced Katana shirt. What fabric? polyester or denim?
As you might see, I am quite lost here.
Thanks for your opinions. All the best!
Last edited by Niko_El_Piko; 08-19-2009 at 03:46 PM.
I think that a good place to start would be the federation that you are competing in. Which federation holds meets in Uruguay?
When it comes to brand of shirt many times that is personal preference, but Titan and Inzer seem to be the most popular.
Some of the more experienced powerlifters can give you better recommendations on a specific shirt but I would think that your goal of 440 lbs shirted is within range based on your raw numbers; as long as you train properly and have a good nutrition program.
It depends on your bench style... Are you more flat or arched? (Rage X & F6= arched / Rage & Fury= flat; all good shirts BTW)
I wouldnt get a Katana until you get more experienced w/ the shirts... Defineatly a more advanced shirt. (I'm still learning mine)
Rather take a look at the Titan Fury, or the Inzer Rage. Either one will do.
If you order a Titan shirt, order it through andersonpowerlifting.com
Otherwise it'll take forever to get a shirt.
Get it single ply. Denim's aren't real good beginner shirts and aren't especially good single ply so stick with the poly shirts.
what federation will you be competing in?
Thanks for the quick replies.
I am definitely an arched bencher.
I am right now checking prices & availability at Ken´s web page.
Sorry, I forgot to answer that the local Federation is ruled under the IPF.
The Titan F6 is the one for you then...Buena suerte
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Thank you guys for your help.
I received the Titan F6 from Ken VERY FAST.
I will try it for the first time next Monday.
Once again, thanks for your support. Keep you posted.
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