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    Not if your a powerlifter. Nothing counts unless you do it at a meet. Its a whole different ball game from the gym to the meet.

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    Originally posted by xpack
    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.
    Tell it to the judge, buddy
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    Originally posted by Santiago


    You should get the fury, it's about the same price, and has gotten much better reviews.
    I'd like to have it in about 2-3 weeks. I'm kinda worried about ordering from Titan because Latman and Adam have been saying they have bad customer service and after 14 weeks of waiting, Latman steal didn't have his squat suit.

    I did look at the website though, and I can see the advantages.
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    bench shirts do not GIVE YOU anything. If your triceps are not strong...you will not get anything.

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    A squat shirt? What the heck is that?
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    A squat suit is basically the same thing as a bench shirt. It looks like a wrestling singlet, but it is even tigher than a shirt. It takes 4 guys, half a container of baby powder, and 20 minutes to get mine on me. THey add pounds to your squat and deadlift. I havn't tested mine out yet, but I hope to get some big squat numbers.

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    Damn Hercule. I can get my squat suit on with the straps up and everything in probably a minute or two. Your suit must be damn tight.
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    And people make fun of me for using straps for heavy deads when I'm trying to progress.

    These bench shirts sound iffy unless you compete. For those who are currently benching less than 350-400 pounds and are looking at buying a bench shirt, why?? If your competeing that's one thing, but for bodybuilding I think you'd be better off just going naked.

    I'd much rather say I can bench 250 1RM than 275 1RM with the aid of some special shirt.
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    Latty,
    Yeh its REALLY tight. It is a double ply Inzer Champion. I have bruises all over my shoulders from trying to get the thing on..

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    Latty, is it okay to wear it for 5 minutes a day to stretch it out? or would that compromise the effects of it?

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    I dont beleive in shirts.it is the shirt giving you the extra strenght ,not you.you are depending on a man made material to make you stronger.to me, this is the worst form of cheating there is.
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    Originally posted by orbital
    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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    Originally posted by benchmonster
    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.

    B.
    Ok, anyone who doubts that shirts help a lot need to read the above qoute. This is from a guy who competes. He cannot even lower the weight to his chest unless he has 500 lbs on the bar. Think about that. The shirt is creating enough resistance, enough of a opposing force to resist 500 lbs! If the shirt is creating that much resistance, it will aid in the press equivalently. Now, the shirt obviouslys offers the greatest benefit right off of the chest, and the benefit decreases as the bar gets closer to lockout. Of course, I have seen some shirts that actually cover the elbows, increasing the help. Anyway, back to the main point, if you need 500lbs on the bar just to touch your chest, the shirt is doing a lot of work!

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    The shirt is not your true self.It is the shirt pressing the weight not you.If i bench pressed 500# and had to use a shirt i wouldnt be too proud of myself.

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    If everyone else at a meet is using a shirt, you would be a freakin moron NOT to use one. Its pretty hard to win a meet without even a basic squat suit or bench shirt.
    Last edited by Hercule; 02-01-2003 at 08:35 PM.

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    I think i'd consider it a challenge to actually be able to out bench someone who is wearing a shirt while i'm not.

    Robert

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    Originally posted by xpack
    The shirt is not your true self.It is the shirt pressing the weight not you.If i bench pressed 500# and had to use a shirt i wouldnt be too proud of myself.

    Do you compete? Have you ever thought of competing? Can you even hold 400 lbs in your hand, let alone 500?



    Of course the shirts aid the lift, nobody is saying they don't. It isn't magic though. You can't just put it on and lift 50+ lbs more than you bench. It takes a ton of practice, you need to alter your training to strengthen your lockout and speed so when the shirt assists you, you will be able to complete the rep.
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
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    @181- 535 SQ 300 BE 570 DL.....1400 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
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    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
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    My take on shirts is that if you are going to compete, and everyone else is using one, then you need to use one.

    I prefer raw benching, but I have no problem with someone wearing a shirt when their competitors are.

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    No one replied to my question. So lemme ask once more. Is the bench shirt the only option for additional shoulder support?

    I'm trying to envision anything else that would help and I guess there really isn't anything.

    If wearing a bench shirt would alleviate some shoulder injury issues I'm all for it. I am quite positive I can get 400llb natural without a shirt but my shoulder will pay the price.

    Would a single ply bench shirt make a significant difference in the shoulder issues? Can some folks who have had experience with this psot about it.

    I doubt I'll ever compete in powerlifting events, but I enjoy lifting as much weight as my muscle will allow. My wuss tendos and ligaments seem to be the limiting factor here.

    On another note, folks wearing belts and the tight fitting whatever you call em shorts doing squats don't seem to get nearly the grief the bench guys do. I look at it as protective equipment not an "edge". I know I won't put over 405 on the squat bar without a belt on. Am I cheating? I digress!

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    A single ply shirt should help a ton with your shoulder pain fenbay. If you can just get a used shirt or buy one o f the cheaper ones from inzer.
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    Originally posted by chris mason
    My take on shirts is that if you are going to compete, and everyone else is using one, then you need to use one.

    I prefer raw benching, but I have no problem with someone wearing a shirt when their competitors are.
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 535 SQ 300 BE 570 DL.....1400 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
    545 SQ 305 BE 585 DL

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    Fenbay- I agree with Adam. An Inzer single ply blast shirt is $40. You could even cut the back open so you can slip it on yourself. It will give you support.


    What is your bench style. I bench very low, basically to the upper region of the abs. If I try to bench above my nipple it wrecks my shoulders. Not sure if this is what you do, just something to think about.
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 535 SQ 300 BE 570 DL.....1400 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
    545 SQ 305 BE 585 DL

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    I pretty much go even with my nipples and always do a full bench. I also have a tendancy to be explosive with the weight. My arms are pretty long as well. I work out with two other guys and they both comment on how much more work it appears I have to do with my ROM than they do.

    I have started using a more narrow grip and I think that has taken some stress off my shoulders. One of these shirts sounds like a pretty good idea if I want to keep going heavier and take care of my shoulders at the same time.

    I'll post the results if I decide to drop the $$$ for one.

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    Hey Latty, what kinda shirt do you have?

    The Titan Fury looks pretty good, but I heard you said something about bad customer support and a long wait. I could always get a Inzer.
    Squat - 505
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    Total - 1380@175

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    I have an Inzer EHPHD and a Titan Fury. I get more out of the Fury, but the Inzer is very loose.

    My best paused bench in each are:

    Inzer- 255
    Titan- 270

    My next shirt is a double denim.
    Last edited by LATMAN; 02-02-2003 at 04:34 PM.
    Best Meet Lifts(Raw w/wraps):
    @165- 435 SQ 270 BE 560 DL.....1255 total
    @181- 535 SQ 300 BE 570 DL.....1400 total
    Best Meet Lifts(Multi-ply):
    @148- 575 SQ 315 BE 515 DL.....1400 total
    @165- 680 SQ 380 BE 540 DL.....1555 total
    @181- 700 SQ 375 BE 535 DL.....1605 total
    Best Gym Lifts(Raw w/wraps)
    545 SQ 305 BE 585 DL

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