Obvious answer seems to be wraps. Some federations allow wraps in the raw division and with a quick learning curve, you can instantly put pounds on your squat.
That being said, I have also contemplated briefs for raw training but have not come across anyone who champions that idea. So I may dip my toe into single ply sometime in the near future.[/quote]
Not to mention that I know of zero federations that allow supportive briefs in raw competition.
Wraps can be useful, especially if you compete in a federation that allows it raw. Otherwise, there’s not a whole lot of “tools” out there in the way of support for raw lifters. Sleeves occasionally, again if it’s allowed. Wrist wraps if you don’t use them already. Shoes?
If you just want a change of pace/something different when a meet is pretty far out, I don’t think it should matter too much. But all said, wraps are likely your best bet.[/quote]
I know of zero federations that allow bands, chains, safety squat bars, camber bars, deadlifts off mats, board presses, SlingShots, etc., etc. It doesn’t mean that they can not be used to the benefit of raw lifters in training.
A pair of briefs can add anywhere between 50-200 pounds to what you’d be able to handle raw. Even though your form would likely change (depending on the type of briefs you get), you are still conditioning your body to handle heavier loads. If you squat 400 now, it’s not too much of a stretch for you to be able to handle 500 for a few reps in briefs. Do you know how light 400 will feel on your back after using 500?
Sometimes I’ll use a pair of loose briefs just to prevent my hips from getting beat up. I don’t get many pounds out of them, just the extra support sometimes goes a long way.
Regardless, you can’t go wrong with knee wraps.[/quote]
That was my thinking on it. I can do wide, but it beats me up a lot.
good point on the 500->400 squat difference. I know some people do heavy walkouts just to get used to the weight on their back.
Thanks guys, just needed some input. and I have the basics so far, wrist wraps, straps, chalk, inzer 10mm single prong (ftw), ammonia… next up for upper, when i put some more mass on, is the slingshot, bc Bell is awesome and I look like less of a tool with a slingshot than single ply gear at my school gym haha