I got my Titan Fury today and got my buddies over to spot me in my basement. I started out with 135 w/o the shirt 8-10 reps just for a warm up.
After that I did 185 for 5 w/o the shirt. Next lift I shirted up. This was the first time I have ever put a shirt on and despite the extreme tightness of the arms, the back seemed fairly loose which I think is not suppost to happen. I obviously didn’t know 100% how to put it on but I followed a guide I got off the internet.
Once shirted I had real trouble touching the bar to my chest, in fact I never actually was able to touch the bar to my chest. I was getting about 2 inches above my chest on every press. I also experienced extreme pain under my arm pits where the shirt was pinching every time I lowered the bar but it slightly faded towards heavier lifts.
Once I figured the shirt out best I could, I put on 225x5. My next lift was 245x4. (My 1RM raw is 250). Next up I hit 275x1, it felt pretty easy so I went up to 295x1, again fairly easy. My last attempt was of 315. I failed both attempts but almost got it. I think I could have gotten it but I had had a hard chest workout on Monday and was still slightly sore.
Removing the shirt was easy although I found some pretty nice welts under my arms and from the seam of the arms. They hurt like fuck. I’ll probably go for another lift next month around this time.
One other question, does anyone ever feel back strain after benching w/ a shirt? Could possibly be the heavy weight I was exposed to but my back is very sore after benching.