Was going to just DM @corstijeir but figured I’d post up on here in case this info is helpful for anyone else.
I’ve got a new guy I’m about to start coaching who is just getting into single ply. Now, I’ve benched a grand total of 2 times in a shirt and made it very clear to him that this would be a big learning curve for both of us.
He did his first single ply meet (has several years of raw competition experience and is an active judge and meet director, not a newb to PL) and expressed that his previous coaching left a lot to be desired. I think he said the guy had him in his shirt 2-3 times in the 12 week prep for the meet. He was in an old Super Katana for that prep and is getting an F6, which I understand is a more entry level shirt.
So here are the questions…
How many “touches” does a bench shirt have in it before it will loose pop? I know this is a vague question but even a wide range can help. Are we talking 10-20 touches or 100-200? That sort of thing.
I’ve found that Inzer makes some cheaper “training” shirts (blast, HD blast). Would something like this be useful for getting more touching reps in for practice work?
What are some effective raw benching methods that target that 0-3 inches off the chest groove range in a shirt? He mentioned this being the most difficult region, that once weight is past that it’s fine. I’m thinking something like aggressive reverse bands that are set up to only kick in on the lower half of ROM, maybe even set up to pull back some like how you have to fight a shirt from dumping backwards.
Any and all help is appreciated!