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Old 04-02-2013, 07:36 PM   #11
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Ha ha ha...you need help bro. That's why is done at the gym with assistance. I have a video by overkill in how to stretch he arms. Like JByrd also said...get the chest plate wet and also you can add baby powder to your arms. But shirts are not design to buy today and use it to or row. Is a project...take time and patience. By the way...watch your arms...they like to bite!!!
No worries. I came into this very aware of what I was getting into, and like I said I knew I wasn't going to be touching today, or next week, or the weeks after or...well, you get the idea.

Haha, my arms look like they were whipped with a switch. Again, I did my reading and knew this would be the case.

Baby powder, good call. That should help the sleaves keep moving after they get past the slippers.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:43 PM   #12
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That sleeve stretching idea is GENIOUS. I don't have a rack like that, but I have 2 bars and I can definitely rig something up. That's WAY better than stretching by blowing up a ball in the sleeve.
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Old 04-02-2013, 07:47 PM   #13
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I need a shirt......
I need to catch JBs 700....
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keep getten it bro hope u get used to it
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I agree with JB: wet the chest plate and maybe the back of the sleeves a little and that should help it stretch a bit. If it's choking you out then the collar is too high; get your hands inside and pull it down to give yourself a bit of man cleavage then pull the slack out of the stomach area and belt it in place. Lastly I would highly recommend (again) doing a couple of sessions with people who know what they are doing. It took me a session with an experienced lifter in the gym to realise that I hadn't actually ever got the sleeves all of the way up before You know this though, I'm just repeating it for my own amusement I think

Once you get it on and loosened a bit, 400+ is no problem for you.
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First, I will say that if you have never been in a shirt before and got it on by yourself, it's not to small, but probably to big. It may be the right size because you can't get it seated properly. The Katana material stretches alot. When I get a new shirt, I cannot get my fingers out to the rings on the first set. By two sets into it, my fingers are out and by the end of the first training session, I'll touch. Every set you do, you will stretch the shirt some. I would not stretch the sleeves yet. If your arms aren't going numb, they're not to tight.

You should NOT be shirt training alone. You have to use extreme weights to get the shirt to work. Just unracking heavier weight can tear up your shoulders. I can't stress enough how important training with experienced shirt lifter is. Both for safety and learning. I'm not sure where Ft Hood is, but I know Mike Womack has a gym in Dallas. Mike's one of the best around. If you want his contact info, I can get it for you. Going it alone can also be very frustrating. Shirt benching has a much different groove than raw benching. You can't raw bench in a shirt. Good luck.
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HUGE thanks to those who have offered advice.

It's true that I may have been able to get the sleeves on a bit better if I had help, but even though the sleeves weren't even close to seated well I still got marks on my arms and I started to go a bit numb in the hands after a while with the shirt on. The fact that the sleeves weren't on all the way but I still had some numbness tells me that the sleeves are a bit too tight.

I'm going to continue to lose weight (my diet is going well se far), and after I've lost a few lb I may try to stretch the sleeves just a little bit. I'll also wet the chest plate and sleeves and see how that all works out. I certainly don't want to stretch it out and find that once I get the hang of it and lose some weight I've stretched it too much.

My arms are SORE today! All I did was unrack 375 twice. The stress on the body is definitely different with gear. I see what people mean when they say it's a different game altogether.

Ryano, I train with safety rails set just below my chest. Just the other day I failed with a slingshot on and simply set the weight on my chest and allowed it to lower onto the rails. I've done it a few times without issue. The rails come all the way up to my face as well. I know things can happen fast with a shirt, so I'm not taking chances.
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A quick update-

I contacted Mike Womack about possibly working together. He offers 1-2 hour sessions of coaching for $50, which seems perfectly reasonable to me. I'm going to contact him again after a couple months (work is crazy right now) and set up a time. A 3 hour drive one way and $50 are both fine by me to have a couple sessions to learn from one of the best benchers in history.
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That will be awesome.
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