I was wondering if anybody saw the most recent Milo magazine, Sept 2006. In it there were 2 separate articles that talked about powerlifting gear.
One of the articles, Lest We Forget, says “Real strength is not in fabric, but in the principle that you love the sport too much to compromise the true intent of what lifting is all about.” He basically says gear is making the sport too easy and is changing what the sport is really about.
The second one, The Perspective of Modern Powerlifting, says that we must begin to separate the records set by todays lifter, with equipment, and those set in the past with little or no equipment. He also feels that the judging criteria is getting too slack, namely using the Monolift to squat and a belly bench to thrust the weight upwards. He is not anti-gear per se, but he doesn’t want geared lifts replacing the great lifts of those done in the past without gear. He does not say when or how exactly to implement that.
Thoughts on these points?