At the risk of sounding like a complete idiot, what’s the point of gear? Once you learn to use it, you can lift more weight, but if that’s the only advantage, why doesn’t everyone just save their time and money and compete raw?
Or is it some sort of equipment arms race?
You don’t sound like an idiot at all. It’s not a bad question coming from someone who has never used it and is just curious.
It’s just part of the game. I’ve had debates (me being pro-raw) and now totally see the other (equipped) side of the issue.
I could be wrong about this, and guys correct me if I am but, I’d hate to see what would become of many guys’ shoulders if they switched to totally raw comps. I see that part of it as a safety issue but there is more to it than just that.
Jack Reape made a great point about blasting the triceps using a shirt.
I kind of like the drag racing analogy. To compare PL to DR, you’d need to wonder why people use twin turbos, superchargers, nitrous, slicks, wheelie bars, nitromethane and on and on.
It’s part of powerlifting in every major federation. Simple as that. [/quote]
Great point about the shoulder thing. My shoulders are trashed from years and years of benching. I just had my first surgery and I fully intend to wear a shirt from now on when benching. I’m pretty much to that point, or stop benching all together.