Im gonna get alotta shit for this but…
What’s the point of using gear? Why not just lift Raw and get more satisfaction from doing it yourself instead of the shirt or suit giving you those extra lbs. Ive just never seen the point.
Why do golfer’s use Big Bertha?
Why do Tennis players use new lighter/better rackets?
Why do hockey players use graphite sticks?
Why do [insert sport here] use [insert new equipment]?
And the similarity is what?
To play tennis you NEED a racket, to squat you need yourself, a barbell and plates, you don’t need a suit.
So no, it’s not the same thing.
Fine, what about sprinters and shoes? You don’t need shoes to sprint, yet there are special shoes just for sprinting.
Yes, so you get a better grip and don’t hurt your feet.
Why use pads or helmets for football? They’re not necessary to play the game?
So you don’t get hurt.
Why do baseball players wear gloves? You don’t need a glove to catch a ball. What’s the point?
So you don’t get hurt.
Is it necessary for Olympic lifters to wear Olympic shoes? I don’t think so. I’ve weightlifted in my New Balance’s before.
Not the same thing at all either. You’re more stable in a good pair of shoes, but it doesn’t change the force curve nearly as much as gear.
I’ve armwrestled on my kitchen table for years; why do armwreslters need a special table?
I lift in my garage. Why use platforms at meets? Because that’s a part of the rules, to make sure everyone has the same opportunity to perform.
Why use a chessboard for chess? Alexander Alekhine can play just fine without one.
Because it’s a basic part of the game, like you need a barbell to do weighted squats.
Do skateboarders need pads and helmets? The kids down my block never use them?
No, they don’t. Why ask? You just make yourself look stupid. I can’t do a backflip without, can’t do it with either. First time I benched in a shirt, I could probably do 125kg without, and I did 140kg with, couldn’t have done that without.
I lifted weights for years before ever touching chalk. I guess that’s not necessary either.
No, not neceassary, but I use it too. What’s the difference? Thet difference is, that it help your grip, but it doesn’t help you lift.
If we looked hard enough, we could find several things not needed for any particular sport.
Of course, yes, but still a whole other thing IMO.