alright dude, look, you had to go there, you know good and god damn well that you could slap it on a manneguin and as long as that mannequin could stay balanced and upright, it WOULD lift it on its own with a squat suit on. Also, you know damn well the majority of lifters dont ask “hey, what equipment will keep me the safest?” you know that they ask, “what bench shirt gives me the most hundreds of lbs on my bench?”
Or if i am completely wrong, you EXPLAIN to me, please, i am not being sarcastic, you explain to me how a lifter throwing on a suit, and the very FIRST day doing 100 lbs more is still themselves pushing all that weight on their own. DOnt give me crap about how an empty suit under a bar got squished, you tell me how a lifter lifting 100 lbs more the first day he throws on that rubber armor is now pushing with 100 more lbs of force of his own free will.
Hell, i can sit in an decline bench press machine and if i slide the seat up to the point where i barely have to extend my arms, i bench 5 plates each side. Afterward when im done I dont go around yelling how i can bench 5 plates.
Now like i said, the biggest guys in powerlifting would still be the biggest guys without gear because of their drive, my qualm is with people who have no fear of personal injury (thus, thats not why they use equipment, because if it truly is for their safety, so be it), those who just want to be able to say, “i squat xxx lbs or i bench xxx lbs” without working for it, so they buy some gear, that hurts them just as much as not using gear (the pain in his knees from wraps, or various lifters ive seen missing their grooves in bench and dropping it or breaking their arm or crap), and the next day they tell someone they benched 100 more lbs and they dont IMMDEDIATELY say “but with my gear on”
Also, im just prefacing this with, lets be civil about it, I didnt flame anyone else, dont reply with name calling or crap, you just explain to me why im wrong, cuz hell, i might be. I know the analogies about a bottle of steroids and a bench shirt sitting in your gym and neither one have lifted a single pound on their own yet (louie simmons said it).
But i want you to explain to me how you can tell yourself in the mirror “i bench xxx lbs” when you know its 100 lbs less without your shirt on, and it had nothing to do with learning technique, it happened the first day.