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Old 12-08-2011, 03:36 PM   #11
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I love it when I hear a different take on stuff. That's not something I've heard mentioned but makes a whole lot of sense.
that's funny because i thought the same thing when i read that sentence.

that's also the reason when i discover something i'm reading opposes a view of mine, or even doesn't apply to me yet, i continue to read it entirely because you never know when those kinds of things are said. those things are what i learn from the best because it becomes instantly easy to remember.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:46 AM   #12
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You could also buy your gear loose and grow into it.

I would start with loose briefs like Metal Pros and a slingshot when you make the decision to jump into gear. Most important thing is good training partners if you want to move beyond briefs, and are a necessity with a bench shirt. You can get away with setting up the pins in the rack with the slingshot.
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:50 AM   #13
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You could also buy your gear loose and grow into it.

I would start with loose briefs like Metal Pros and a slingshot when you make the decision to jump into gear. Most important thing is good training partners if you want to move beyond briefs, and are a necessity with a bench shirt. You can get away with setting up the pins in the rack with the slingshot.
That's a really good point, the slingshot and briefs have helped me creep up the poundages so I can use the full gear more effectively.
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Old 12-09-2011, 11:55 AM   #14
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cool, i'll remember that, thanks.
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My opinion.. Everything is relative based upon lifters weight.. But lifting in the 242-275 range, I would wait until u r benching 275+ raw (I waited til 315) to move to single ply light stuff. In the squat I'd say at least 365.. I waited until 405-425.. Then I would work the gear up to about 420 bench and 525 squat before moving to multi ply stuff..

May not work for all..but my opinions..
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My opinion.. Everything is relative based upon lifters weight.. But lifting in the 242-275 range, I would wait until u r benching 275+ raw (I waited til 315) to move to single ply light stuff. In the squat I'd say at least 365.. I waited until 405-425.. Then I would work the gear up to about 420 bench and 525 squat before moving to multi ply stuff..

May not work for all..but my opinions..
that makes perfect sense to me. thanks!
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That's a really good point, the slingshot and briefs have helped me creep up the poundages so I can use the full gear more effectively.
This is my plan to get into gear next year as well:

- Briefs and knee wraps for squat
- Slingshot for bench
- Briefs for pulls

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i was thinking i would do something just like that, but i'm going to have to look into the slingshot because i am not familiar at all.
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i was thinking i would do something just like that, but i'm going to have to look into the slingshot because i am not familiar at all.
The slingshot, ram, and metal makes one(idk the name) are all devices used to help overload the bench. I dont even bench raw anymore without mine due to pec injuries. I know the slingshot and ram are both good training tools. Not expensive either.
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Slingshot is pretty easy to use at home without spotter. But like Ehubbs said, beyond that there is no way I want to train alone with briefs or a bench shirt. Unracking a bench or squat by myself is already getting perilous.
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