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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 the heck is a bench shirt?

    ^^^ Just like it says.

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    it is this tight tight ass shirt that allows you to bench like 50 or 60lbs (I think thats how much) more than your regular max. It really increases your max bench press quite a bit.

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    a hella tight shirt some powerlifters wear to help with their bench.
    'you cant avoid confrontation in life. it just makes things more trouble down the road. sometimes you have to look at the bull and say "f--k you bull" and grab that bull by the horns'

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    How can a shirt do that?
    accuflex - LOLZZZZ!!!11one1!! SOEM PPL WORK THRE ARMZ!!!!11!! LETS KILL THEM111

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    I would imagine that its really stiff :P
    limits flexibility and would act like a dampener for any weight

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    I don't know, but I know it is true. My buddy lost a bench press competition to a dude that had one.

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    whats it made of ?

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    A bench shirt is a VERY tight fritting shirt. You can get either a poly or a denim. The amount of weight that you can lift is dependent on the thickness of the shirt. A single ply will give you about 30lbs, a double will give you abtou 40-60, and a triple ply can add as much as 70-90lbs to your max.

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    WTF? I'm totally confused. First, how the hell can a shirt give you a huge edge like that? Second, how the hell can a 14 year old bench 250???

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    *buys a triple ply shirt
    "It is often said, mainly by the "no-contests", that although there is no positive evidence for the existence of God, nor is there evidence against his existence. So it is best to keep an open mind and be agnostic. At first sight that seems an unassailable position, at least in the weak sense of Pascal's wager. But on second thought it seems a cop-out, because the same could be said of Father Christmas and tooth fairies. There may be fairies at the bottom of the garden. There is no evidence for it, but you can't prove that there aren't any, so shouldn't we be agnostic with respect to fairies?"

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    if benching shirts can help you up to 70 lbs... why do they allow these in contests? Why can't they just ban the benching shirts, and have everybody's bench go down by 70 or wutever lbs??? it would even out... wouldnt it???

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    It already is evened out, because everyone is allowed to use them.

    Also, there are no absolutes. Nobody in this thread is going to order a triple demin shirt and start breaking records, or even locking out the weight it would take to touch thier chest.

    I personally am only able to bench with a pause about 5 lbs more in a shirt than I can touch and go raw.
    Last edited by Santiago; 01-31-2003 at 05:38 AM.
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    Triple ply shirts are for people who bench over 600 lbs. Double ply, you better be doing over 400 lbs. And the amount they add to your lift is not static from lifter to lifter. Some people get a ton of help out of a shirt, some don't get much of anything. It just depends.

    Shirts are allowed in competition. They help you lift big weights, true, but they also drastically reduce the amount of injuries to the pecs and shoulders you would otherwise have with people trying to bench huge weights.

    The shirt is very tight across the chest, shoulders and arms, and it takes a significant amount of bar weight for the bar to even get down to the chest. I have a double ply shirt right now that won't let me touch anything less than 500 lbs to my chest, and I don't wear my shirts particularly tight.

    They are made by Inzer, Karen's Powerwear, Crain's, Titan and Frantz.

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    Are they worth getting for your everyday bench routine?

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    No, probably not. Unless you intend to compete as a powerlifter they are an unnecessary expense.

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    Hmmm...

    If you are benching heavy and always seem to start running into shoulder issues as you approach the 400llb range I'm wondering if this might not be a bad thing to look into.

    Speaking of that: is anyone aware of anything besides these shirts that add a degree of protection to the wussy shoulders for heavy lifts?

    My pecks and tri's laugh at the weight that makes my shoulders cry. Not sure if it's just past injuries like a mild seperation playing ball or if most folks are this way. I know a lot of guys I talk to who lift about as heavy as I do whine about their shoulders.

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    Anyone lifting 400 lbs or anywhere close to it, is likely going to be dealing with shoulder issues. A single ply poly will take care of much of the shoulder issues. I would go with open back tho, as this will make it lots easier to get in and out of.

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    My bench is totally RAW. I don't have a bench shirt. I ordered one, but it is much to small.

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    I'm thinking about getting get a Inzer Heavy Duty Blast single ply shirt.

    Does anybody know how well this one compares to others?
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    As a 400 bencher,there isnt a workout that goes by where i dont have shoulder and tendonitis pains.I have never had ona shirt or took any gear.But after the 400# barrier.the gear and shirt would probaly be required to bench beyond 400.By the way..are there a lot of guys who have benched 400 without a shirt or never done a cycle?
    Last edited by xpack; 01-31-2003 at 07:44 PM.

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    Why do bench shirts increase your bench upwards of 70 lbs? Benchmonster points out that they restrict the weight when it comes down but how does that give you more power to push the bar up? Is it that because you can't bring it down to your chest, it is an easier lift?
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    I would like to see a picture of this miracle shirt.
    Anyone got one?
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    By the way..are there a lot of guys who have benched 400 without a shirt or never done a cycle?

    dunno,but that is one of my goals since i have started training again just after christmas.

    Ill post a clip of it if i can do it,but it will be a few months though.

    PS.Im not sure if my vector 7 bench in my bedroom can handle it though,might have to go down the gym.(actually not sure if my body can handle it either)
    Last edited by howsertrading; 02-01-2003 at 04:34 AM.
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    Originally posted by dkliewer
    I'm thinking about getting get a Inzer Heavy Duty Blast single ply shirt.

    Does anybody know how well this one compares to others?
    You should get the fury, it's about the same price, and has gotten much better reviews.
    "I do declare; still, a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest."

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    i HIGHLY disagrree with your quote abou gym lifts.I f you can do the lift without any help then itcounts regardless of the circumstances.

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