Originally Posted by BendtheBar
One question I will ask is:
What do you think about raw squatters and the use of briefs, and how do they know when they are ready to use them?
Everybody in the sport of powerlifting should start out as a raw squatter.
Raw squats are where you get your core strong and build up your strength while giving all the muscles involved in supporting the lift much needed work. If you get into gear too soon, the gear takes over some or most of the support from the following muscles: gluteus medius & minimus, core abdominal muscles and the erector muscles in your back. These are the muscles that stabilize the larger harder working muscles during the lift.
As far as “how do you know when you are ready to use gear”. Get a good solid base before starting to experiment with the gear. Lifting in gear adds a whole new dynamic to the squat. If you are still in the phase where you are learning and perfecting your form, adding gear will make it difficult to do so.
Once you have a good base and are ready for gear here are a few tips:
- Take two or three warm-up sets and then get the briefs on. You will want to be in the briefs with a weight that is relatively easy for you to handle. This way, if something doesn’t feel right, you will be able to make adjustments to handle the weight without a problem.
- Do not compromise your form to accommodate the breifs.The gear is there to help, not to inhibit. Stay in form at all times throughout the lift. If you don’t break parallel, don’t worry. Add more weight and keep going.
- Take it slow. The briefs will pull at your body as you descend, going slow will give you time to get adjusted to it.
- Experiment with your foot position. Some briefs are made for wider stances and some for narrow. Make sure you get a pair that will best accommodate your raw stance, but be prepared to play with foot position anyways.