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    Bench Shirt

    I have a few Questions.

    1. What exactly is a bench shirt?
    2. What does a bench shirt do/its function?
    3. How big of a gain does the average person see when using a bench shirt?
    4. Do you use a bench shirt?
    5. Where can I get a bench shirt?
    6. Are they for reps or just maxing out or both?

    Thanks

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    don't take this the wrong way but if you're asking those questions you don't need a bench shirt.

    edit: ehh maybe that's not what you were getting at so I'll answer your questions.
    Bench shirt will help you push a heavier weight than normal. Mostly used for competing. Its basically a "shirt" that you have to get help from someone just to put it on because its so tight. I'm sure you could pick one up online and how good the shirt is will determine how much extra weight you can put on with it.

    Basically think of a shirt that makes it HARD to bring the bar down to your chest. The shirt resists the downward motion because it doesn't let your arms move down in that direction. The opposite is true - thus making the weight easier to push up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OhioPirate View Post
    don't take this the wrong way but if you're asking those questions you don't need a bench shirt.
    ok.. Im pretty sure almost everyone who owns a bench shirt had these questions before they got one. Im pretty sure they are for competing im not sure though id just like to learn

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    You were too fast - I had a feeling after I finished typing that you were just trying to learn what it was/did.

    Please see my edit.

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    I don't use one.
    They are only for if you are going to do competitions.
    You will look like a complete idiot of you do reps with a bench shirt on.


    Don't get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treme View Post
    I don't use one.
    They are only for if you are going to do competitions.
    You will look like a complete idiot of you do reps with a bench shirt on.


    Don't get one.
    So if I do a triple with a shirt on I'm and idiot? So if Bench Monster does a triple with a shirt he is an idiot?

    I'm not very informed about all of this weight lifting stuff, perhaps you could drop a few of the finer points on me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Risk10k View Post
    So if I do a triple with a shirt on I'm and idiot? So if Bench Monster does a triple with a shirt he is an idiot?

    I'm not very informed about all of this weight lifting stuff, perhaps you could drop a few of the finer points on me?

    I think what he was trying to say is that unless you compete there is no need for a bench shirt.
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    Here's a basic intro to bench shirts that I made a while back. It doesn't show me in a bench shirt, but I tried to explain how the shirt works and what it does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei View Post
    Here's a basic intro to bench shirts that I made a while back. It doesn't show me in a bench shirt, but I tried to explain how the shirt works and what it does.

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    thank you very much

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    Dude, we do triples and doubles in the bench shirt all the time. It's a big part of the training.

    I would not get a bench shirt unless you plan to compete. You should also learn the correct way to bench in a shirt from someone who is an experienced powerlifter. Everyone is different and there are different types of shirts. Personally, I use a loose single-ply polyester Rage-X from Inzer and I recently put up 405. My best raw max is 275 although I could probably get 300+ so I would say my shirt gives me about 100 lbs. Keep in mind, I train in the shirt 3/4 training weeks and all of my bench training is geared toward benching more in the shirt.

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    ^ What drew said, and I would add that even if you are planning to compete, don't even think about getting a bench shirt unless you have 2-3 other people that you train with who are experienced using the shirt. There are some fine technique points to it, plus you need people who can assist you in getting it on and off, as well as to act as competent spotters/lift-off persons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guido View Post
    ^ What drew said, and I would add that even if you are planning to compete, don't even think about getting a bench shirt unless you have 2-3 other people that you train with who are experienced using the shirt. There are some fine technique points to it, plus you need people who can assist you in getting it on and off, as well as to act as competent spotters/lift-off persons.
    Not everyone is this lucky guido. I train with one training partner at the most, and no other powerlifters. I still have managed to get about 75lbs out of my shirt so far. It is more effort for sure but if a lifter is dedicated enough, gains can be made even without a crew.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidior View Post
    Not everyone is this lucky guido. I train with one training partner at the most, and no other powerlifters. I still have managed to get about 75lbs out of my shirt so far. It is more effort for sure but if a lifter is dedicated enough, gains can be made even without a crew.
    There are a bunch of powerlifting clubs in Ontario. Why not make the drive once a month or more often and train with one of them? Even this can make a huge difference in learning the little technical details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeder View Post
    There are a bunch of powerlifting clubs in Ontario. Why not make the drive once a month or more often and train with one of them? Even this can make a huge difference in learning the little technical details.

    http://www.ontariopowerlifting.org/club.htm
    I actually plan to once I move back to ottawa in the fall. Thanks for the link though.
    Last edited by Sidior; 05-09-2007 at 02:17 PM.
    PRs: 655/525/645 = 1825 Total
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidior View Post
    I actually plan to once I am move back to ottawa in the fall. Thanks for the link though.
    Good stuff. Best of luck!
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    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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    Thanks for video

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    Not sure I get it. Isn't a bench shirt an aid?? Why do you use a shirt - Just to get big numbers?? It seems like cheating to me - did I miss something??

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    Seems like cheating to me too. Similar to those super suits some swimmers use...doesn't at some point using artificial aid defeat the purpose? I'm not saying it doesn't take skill but if bench pressing is a exhibition of raw strength then why a shirt that will bost it by 200lbs?

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    Bench shirts were designed to support lifters shoulders, and make benching much safer in that respect. They add a little assistance, but not as much as you seem to think. Mofo's still need to HOLD 700+lbs in their hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Risk10k View Post
    They add a little assistance.
    I'm no expert, I've never used supportive gear, but from what I've read about them a lifter can add 100 lbs or more to their bench with a good shirt. Is this wrong?
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