Thanks for the reply Vandalay…Well, first off, before back surgery, I was pulling 585 lbs. That was 4 years ago, in a squat suit. Now, I could go into the gym right now and pull 500 lbs with a belt and wraps. But, like I said, I now have the Inzer Max DL suit, so one would naturally think I’d be pulling more suited then raw, right? I realize it’s different for everybody, but I’ve always had great carryover in equipment, and I would’ve assumed that would be the case in this new suit.
I’m almost 100% positive it fits right, and it does ride up my balls and hurt like a motherfucker, as you perfectly described. The problem really is getting down to the bar. It restricts my range of motionso much that I can’t even get down to get setup to pull.
I’m not really sure what to do. Like I said, I compete USAPL, so I’m not sure if they’ll let me use a squat suit, a bench shirt, and then pull raw.
This is my first comp since not only back surgery, but wrist surgery as well, so I’m not looking to set any records, just to put some numbers up on the board.
Any more advice?
I pull conventional stance, and I should be hitting 500 lbs at the very least in the suit, but I’m struggling to get even 450 off the floor. What gives?
First, when it comes to gear, never say “I SHOULD be hitting …”.
It just doesn’t work like that. I don’t know what your raw pull is, but don’t expect much of a carryover in the DL, especially if you don’t take advantage of the gear.
A conventional suit will basically smash your balls and really ride up which makes it uncomfortable and hard to get down to the bar. It is supposed to hurt like a motherfucker. It sounds like this is the issue for you, but this means the suit probably fits you. Here’s something to see if the suit fits about right. With the suit on and straps up, bend over(don’t squat down to grab bar) and try to reach the bar. If you can get around 6 inches away with one hand before it really starts smashing your junk, the suit fits about right.
So i recommend working on setting up with the suit for the next few weeks on days that you are gonna pull. You don’t need to pull heavy in it cuz you’re close to a meet, but just doing some sets with like 3 plates should get you used to the suit.
I will say this and its real important. If the suit is so tight on you that you cannot setup well, then do not wear it in the meet. No point in wearing gear if you get no carryover from it. Many big guys wind up pulling better without a DL suit because they can get in a better starting position without one. [/quote]