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Single Ply Metal


#1

I just got a Metal V style squatter and it is a bad ass suit. It is my first suit and I didn't really know what to expect. I tried it out and got about 125 carry over from my raw max, and I got that for a double!!!! I would have got red lights for depth, but it was pretty close to parallel. I would have tried a lot more, but I had no one to spot and I had to walk them out. It took 405 with the straps down just to break parallel, and I didn't break parallel with that until the third rep. I have a push/pull on October first. I doubt I will take another heavy squat equipped until after that. Tomorrow I pull and I plan on doing it in the suit. I hit a big raw PR pull last week, and I hope to hit some big numbers tomorrow.

Joe


#2

Sounds like a good suit. I use a ProSquatter, but i have always wondered how the single ply gear from Metal stacked up. (Not that it matters- it's not like there's a lot of single ply fed meets in my neck of the woods). I am about to get my PS taken in some- should have done this after I got it but training for two meets got in the way of experimenting too much. Right now, I can get down to parallel with 415 with straps up. So, as you can see, my suit is a bit looser than yours. How hard is your suit to get on? I can pull mine up to about 2 inches short of seating in the crotch before I have to put the straps on the rack/monolift hooks and hang the rest of the way in. Then, the straps come up pretty easy. Actually, I can usually get them up myself.


#3

My suit is really tight in the legs and hips. I had to shave my upper legs and use a fairly liberal amount of baby powder to get it on. I can get it up by myself and get one strap on. I have to have someone else put the other strap up. I DLed in it today. I didn't hit a PR, but I pulled my max easy. I tried for a PR, but had technical issues. The gym I was lifting at has cheap bars with no knurling and chalk is not allowed. With chalk and a DL bar I think I could pull something big. I don't think I will squat in it again until around Nov. I have a Push/Pull on Oct. 1st and I don't want to stretch it out too much. I am going to pull in it one more time before my meet and hope that it all comes together for me there.


#4

You know, the Metal material doesn't seem to stretch too much. (Which is good since that bastard cost about $50 to 70 more than a Boss or Inzer's top 2-ply poly.) I've had that ProSquatter since April. I lift in my suit every week, sometimes twice a week. This is usually straps down, but I have probably had ten or more sessions with straps up. It may have stretched some, but not much. You may see more stretching in the single ply though.


#5

I'm going to buy one of those myself! I've soon grown out of my old/first one.


#6

I have 2 Pro Squatters...identical...one I train in and one I thought I would need as the first would be stretched out in training...It hasn't...I swap between the 2 to simply keep them active as it were...one thing I have learned with traing in the suits...I use a pair of cotton compression shorts...I keep them slipped out of the suit legs about an inch or two...it keeps the suit from fully setting a clamp on my upper thigh...this gives me the hip support of the suit without alot of the pop in the suit...it lets the suit slip and slide a bit...I feel more like I am training almost raw but the suit gives me the lateral hip support...try it sometime
I have had many suits in my time and I have to say that on a quality basis nothing compares to the Metal...it is simply a superiorly crafted product...some may get better results from other stuff but the quality and durability of the product make the extra $$ well worth it...


#7

I have heard that some use this suit backwards when deadlifting, is that possible?


#8

I tried wearing my PS backwards for deadlifting once. I can see how it might work. However, I had a hard tiem getting down to the bar in a good position. The bad set-up more than made up for any carryover from the suit. Now, I pull conventional- this may work a little better for a sumo puller.