Well, as the title states, I am just getting into powerlifting (from previous swimming and rowing) and was wondering what to get as my first bench shirt and squat suit/briefs. Something simple, forgiving, and hopefully cheap is what I am looking for.
I really notice that when I move my squat stance out wide (I am 6'3" with long legs so my toes almost touch the sides of the power rack) it really tears up my hips. Would the briefs help with this?
I would start with a pair of metal pro briefs Metal makes the best briefs on the market and I've heard this from everyone. They are two ply, not sure if you're going that way. For a Squat suit, depends if you're a poly or canvas squatter.
For a shirt I would go with a fury, it's a good shirt to learn in. You could with a rage from inzer, the group that I lift with use titan for bench, a couple use Inzer bench shirts. Both are good companies for shirts. But I would stay away from metal shirts, heard only a few get any good results.
I definitely would not recommend a pair of double ply Metal briefs as your first piece of gear. They can be quite pricey (my Ace Pros were $185) and it can take quite a bit to reach depth so I wouldn't really call them forgiving.
If you're looking for support and to alleviate hip/groin pain, the single ply stuff from Inzer or Titan should do just fine. And only cost something like $40-50.
Also, keep in mind that single ply feds do not allow briefs. So, if you really want to keep cost low, you could skip the briefs all together and train in the squat suit, straps down.
But the pair you have, the Aces and the ones I recommended are two different briefs. The Aces are the top brief. The metal pros are starting briefs in my opinion and their not that expensive, its easiest to just wait for one of the sales elitefts does on their metal line every 2-3 months. I would get the briefs a little loose (a size or so too big) so you can grow into them. The tighter they get, the more support you get.
In my briefs, before I put my belt on I get to parallel with 225. It does take effort, but to get reach anything in gear, it should take effort, that's what the gear is for...support.
Now I'm curious. You think the predators are better than Aces? I've heard most people think that Aces are better, but every once in awhile I hear someone say the predators are better. The people that say the predators are better usually say they give a lot more pop out of the hole. What do you think?
I don't actually have any experience with the Preds. I have a pair that are supposed to fit a 148 but they are way too small for me and I compete at 132.
I decided to go with Ace briefs instead because they are considered to be some of the best briefs you can get, and because of location, I was able to make sure I got a good fit. Personally, I like them.
There are several guys at the gym that have used both and they all seem to prefer the Predators. They also have some of the biggest squat numbers in the gym...
I won't be buying new briefs any time soon, but I'll probably try the Inzer ones next time. Just to see which I prefer
thanks for all of the replies so far. it sounds like the inzer briefs are a good choice, and they are cheap so I'll probably start off with a pair of those for training in. I'll probably go with an inzer bench shirt as well - but later on (my weak triceps are killing me).
And for the record, I am 205lbs. Yeah, I'm kinda skinny, but I'm working on it. A major hurdle is my body's newfound dislike of dairy products which eliminates things like whey, Surge, cottage cheese, and a daily gallon of whole milk. I'm concentrating my diet on meat, eggs, nuts, whole grains, and fruit - shooting for about 4k calories daily. Any suggestions on this end of the spectrum are appreciated as well.
I am 6'3" with a 6'6" wingspan and long-ass femurs. I know all of my raw lifts need to come up, but it seems like all of my presses (both overhead & bench) have traditionally sucked. I do alright on upper body pulling strength (DB row 100x16).
Squats and Deadlifts are coming along. I don't know what my max is on deads (I havent maxed in a while) but I pulled 295x5 the other day and at the beginning of the summer I could only pull that for a single. And I am doing work sets with 225 in the squat, which was my max at the start of the summer. My bench hasn't improved though. I'm trying to find an exercise that really helps with it, but no luck so far.
As for a routine, I have been doing a 4 day a week template M-Squat, T-Bench/Overhead, R-Deadlift, F-Bench/Overhead
buy a cheap suit, that way it is easy to secure with the belt and provides support. Only buy briefs is you are planning on using them in competition.
Oh and your hips? Warm them up with dynamic mobility exercises. Buy magnificent mobility and you will get a lot of good moves. Activate your glutes before working out, and stretch your hip flexors all the time.