When I’m at home I’m limited to around 200kg on the bar (just the amount of weight I own, and buying more isn’t really an option right now), and then yeah, I don’t have the mats (or really the storage space for them).
I don’t think my uni gym is cool enough to let me bring mats in, although I’ll have access to the uni’s larger gym this year, and they might have some better equipment (people I know always tell me to go there because “the equipment is so much better” but I have a feeling that just means they have running machines with tvs in them).
I’ll have a read of you threads though, it does interest me. Are you sticking to strongman for now then?[/quote]
Truth be told, the trick with bringing mats in is to just act like you own the place. I’ve never coorded with a gym when I did it, I just carried them in my gym bag, broke them out, used them, and put them away. When you act like it belongs there, others will comply. Steppers and plates can work too though.
I have plans to do another powerlifting meet, or possibly just a deadlift meet. I’m digging strongman, but I really need a training group/coach if I want to get better.
As for your other question, the only issue I’ve noticed with using mixed grip only in comps is that I have a small part on the palm of my underhand grip hand that gets inflamed whenever I used a mixed grip. I can still make it though a meet with no issues, but afterwards it’s a little tender. I don’t have this issue with straps, which makes me even more compelled to use them in training, haha. Otherwise, it’s seemless.