Strongman does use supports, suits, wraps, belts, and stick um has Rick has stated.
As for outdoing your post whatever. I've treated WPO lifters, worked out at westside, met Jim Williams, and so on. I've been around this for awhile and have seen impressive lifts, both raw and equipped.
It's great he did it first, but others have done better in similiar circumstances.
I've pulled 805 in a rack lockout and held it for 10 seconds with three training partners watching with no more than a staggered grip. I'm not saying I can pull that off the floor, though.
I also pull almost 300lb on a 3" bar. Straps would not even fit around that bar.
I'll admit that the strongman comment was not the best example. I was refering to the way we do it. Absolutely no help, wraps, tacky, belts, suits. Raw is raw. So NO HELP AT ALL is what I should've written.
Casey was way ahead of his time, no doubt. but lets not make the mistake of thinking that he is the only person around that could pull off such feats. there are numerous guys today that are capable of these lifts, without gear. please don't fool yourself.
Pat was awesome. No one will ever be able to dispute that, but the progress of time has caught up with his records and kept moving.
I see someone else got the 2006 IronMind catalog already;)
The bitterness involved in the bitching over gear versus no gear never ceases to amaze me!
As an example, is Gene Rychlaks raw bench shitty? Or does Svend Karlsen's (sp?) deadlift suck? NO.
It seems the debate over gear is often used as a shield of sorts (not necessarily in this thread).
Imagine for a second if Casey were alive to use a bench shirt and a squat suit. His total would, I'm guessing, be in the 2400 range?
My point is this:
Raw lifters should stop bitching about gear and just get strong enough to lift without it. Surely, after 40 years, raw records should be near suited records.
Suited lifters should get real, and realize that in 40 years of innovation in equipment, that totals should be way up. A 2500 lb suited total is not really as impressive as a 2300 lb raw total when gear supposedly adds hundreds of pounds.