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12/27/2014 5:14:42 PM - Robert
Hey Dave, thanks for answering my question about what gear to start off with.
Just some follow up questions.

I know this is kind of a broad question, but how should I go about training once I get into gear?
I'm assuming that building strength will have to take a back seat for a little bit while I'm getting used to the gear. Any idea on how I should approach this?

And also how in the world should I go about trying to put a bench shirt on by myself?

Thanks in advance Dave!


I don't know what your situation is, or your proximity to experienced powerlifters is, But I would strongly advise you NOT to try and figure gear out alone.

Even conservative gear is so technical, and so different from raw, your risk of dumping weights s exponentially higher than it is with raw training. Not to mention if you do wind up eating shit on a lift, you'll be doing it with heavier weights and much less freedom to maneuver out from under the weight.

Plus, you'll pick up the skills exponentially faster with someone there to let you know what you're doing wrong. One of the issues with gear is it messes with your kinesthetic sense, so you will not be able to feel if you are making mistakes as easily.

Where are you located? We have a pretty good network on our end, so maybe I can help you find a group that can help you out?

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