Because iamnobody doesn’t wish to continue this via pm, but rather issue insults…
The bottom line with gear:
People use it because they wish to. They are the ones who a paying their dues, literally & figuratively, and thus it is up to them. There exist a huge variety of feds with a variety of rules and any powerlifter can pick anyone he chooses. A lifter shouldn’t have to defend his personal choices. It is enough that he is putting himself out there, against competition, on the platform.
Most of the feds. allow some form of gear that “enhances” one’s so-called raw total. If someone wishes a lot of serious competition, he is going to have to go with an established and large fed, most of which allow gear (excepting the AAU, I think). It is foolish to bring a knife to a gunfight. Powerlifting has involved gear since I have been alive (i.e. 26 years)…that, IS the sport. The sport INVOLVES gear. And, the gear evolves (and new feds spring up for the interested).
Furthermore, gear isn’t an automatic strength booster. Gear requires technical mastery, something many powerlifters enjoy pursuing. Anyone who uses a tough shirt will tell you that the bench press becomes the most technical of the 3. Some enjoy the challenge. All of one’s fellow competitors have to deal with the same problems. It is not unfair or any such hogwash.
Training raw with heavy weights beats you up over a lifetime. I’ll take the word of lifters far more experienced than I on this, as I wish to be competing well into old age.
The thing that irritates me the most regarding this whole 'gear issue' is that people always make such claims that a 500lb shirted bencher can only REALLY bench 450. Well, among his competitors and within the federation, the bench is what the fed. defines it. It's not written in stone anywhere that a bench must be in a t-shirt, without an arch, no leg drive, no chalk, without his corrective eyewear. The only thing that matters is context. I know a lot of lifters that don't know their "raw" bench because they never test it. WHy should they? It's not the sport that they are playing. Who does that hurt? Again, choices... Another trait of those who criticize or doubt those in gear is that they tend to be spectators, i.e. they never put themself out there. Why not? If it is so important, do it. If a 13yo girl outlifts you, so be it. Powerlifters are a pretty welcoming group and the general attitude I have gotten is one of support & encouragement regardless of strength level of "choices" involving gear (check out Dave Tate's contribution to this site). How often do you hear the strongest of the strong belittling those who don't compete in gear? Why is it always 150lb. guys who can't squat to save their life who detract from those who use gear? ENough of the "yes, he's strong, but..." He's strong or he isn't and his standing amongst his competitors should be good enough. I'd just say put up or shut up. If the lifts of guys participating in a sport in which you don't compete in concerns you so greatly, you have a couple of choices:
- Go lift in a raw fed… become a superstar.
- figure out why it bothers you so much, you may need to spend more time worrying about your own strength/performance
- bite the bullet, try a meet, and see what it’s really about
- continue being bitter while everyone else gets strong.
I’ve competed raw and with gear. Good experiences in both circumstances.
and, iamnobody, you can still pm me. I live in NY. I’d be happy to train with you and you can see my pink bench shirt and give me that punch in the mouth you wish to give before I squat.
Or, alternatively, compete in the USAPL NJ bench meet coming up in a few months and we can see who’s what. Anyone else too, it’ll be a good time…
Just get strong and stop being so negative.