I just have a few questions about the various gear out there. I know a little bit about the more popular stuff, but I am having a real hard time finding any info on some of the word of mouth stuff.
First off, I am an all raw lifter (so far). I have just recently started training with a guy who has been powerlifting for about 38 years, and goes to Nationals and World's every year.
He has had me try a few old bench shirts and an old suit, and says that I have "very good instincts" for equipment. He had me put on a 7 year old RageX that has been worn by who knows how many guys over the years, and my first time trying it, I was able to get 100lbs carryover.
My question is about the Squat and Deadlift stuff, though.
My trainer has told me to get a Ricky Crain Genesis suit (double ply) and a Ricky Crain Genesis Trainer (double ply briefs). I ordered the stuff a couple of weeks ago, and it still hasn't gotten here, so I have not had a chance to try it yet.
I have looked everywhere on the net, though, and can find very little info on any of RDC's stuff.
If anyone can tell me anything about it, it would be much appreciated.
I also came across a Metal Pro Squatter for a killer price, so I am going to get that. This is one that i have read a lot of good stuff about, but nobody will mention what type of carryover they get out of it.
I know that the "carryover" thing is touchy for a lot of people. I know there is no guaranteed carryover, that there are a ton of factors, etc. I am not the type of guy that is going to start whining if I don't get the exact carryover someone mentioned, though. That is not what I am about. I am just curious, for arguments sake, what is a low end, high end, or average carryover for the Metal Pro Squatter? Or the Crain Genesis? Or any suit, really.
I don't know if this helps, but as far as my raw squatting goes:
Very weak in the whole. If I have something to stop me at the bottom, my squat power goes up A LOT. I can do an all raw 700lbs box squat. Lock out power is very strong. I have done all raw "half squat's/squat lockouts" with 800lbs for a double. So supporting the weight, walking it out, moving it, etc isn't really a problem, it's just trying to stop it at the bottom where I am weak.
As far as deadlift goes, the only suit I have ever tried was a maxDL and I got nothing out of it except bruises. I expect that nobody gets much out of deadlift suits?
I have never used a squat suit, knee wraps, etc. I don't even use a "real belt" when I squat or pull, just a neoprene belt with velcro strap.
Any info on the RDC stuff would be killer, since I can't find it ANYWHERE else. Of course, I would also appreciate any feedback on any type of gear as far as what I should look into, what i should avoid, what i can expect, etc.
Thanks in advance.