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wjmxm21IconBench Shirt newbie23-02-2013 @ 18:25 
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I fancy a dabble in a shirt as i fancy doing some equipped powerlifting eventually.

What shirt would be best for a first time user?

How tight should it be? I'll probably be sitting around 105-110kg.
milsyIcon...23-02-2013 @ 19:01 
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Try get a 2nd hand Titan fury or f6 that a size to big for you should be able to touch with wieghts not too heavier than your 1rm get the sets and reps built up into this loose used shirt for a few months don't use boards just learn the line of the shirt

Then by this time you should have an idea of what you want out of a shirt and know which to buy then get a new one break it in using boards and wetting the shirt for a few session then go back to the old shirt and build up for strength in that then 3 weeks out from comp wack the new shirt on and work on trying to get a touch on your expected opener
FazcIcon...23-02-2013 @ 19:04 
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milsy said:Try get a 2nd hand Titan fury or f6 that a size to big for you should be able to touch with wieghts not too heavier than your 1rm get the sets and reps built up into this loose used shirt for a few months don't use boards just learn the line of the shirt


Yeah that's what I'd say too. Fury or F6 and stay away from the boards for now, just work on touching the weight.
AdamCIcon...23-02-2013 @ 19:41 
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Post Edited: 23.02.2013 @ 19:42 PM by AdamC
depending how tight the shirt is id actually say use boards.

say for example the shirt locks up at around the height of a 3 board id say pick a weight you're comfortable with and do

set 1 - 3 board for a triple
set 2 - 2 board for a double
set 3 -1 board for a single
set 4 to chest for a single

i found working down the boards was a really good way to work up to a touch

don't slam down on the boards, touch them pause for a second then press

once you have got a touch then you can work on just getting constant with your groove, if you plan on using it in gbpf then you no longer need to touch on or above the sternum so don't worry too much about where you're touching aim for around the top abs

I'd also suggest a loose fitting Titan fury or f6 would be a good shirt to start with
walkerIcon...23-02-2013 @ 20:27 
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AdamC said:depending how tight the shirt is id actually say use boards.

say for example the shirt locks up at around the height of a 3 board id say pick a weight you're comfortable with and do

set 1 - 3 board for a triple
set 2 - 2 board for a double
set 3 -1 board for a single
set 4 to chest for a single

i found working down the boards was a really good way to work up to a touch

don't slam down on the boards, touch them pause for a second then press

once you have got a touch then you can work on just getting constant with your groove, if you plan on using it in gbpf then you no longer need to touch on or above the sternum so don't worry too much about where you're touching aim for around the top abs

I'd also suggest a loose fitting Titan fury or f6 would be a good shirt to start with


I would agree more with this having been learning in a shirt for the past few months. From what I've been told though I wouldn't even bother trying to touch to start with. Just get used to the shirt on the boards first.

I started too tight in a F6 so as the others said start a little looser at first. Strangely I do find my Super Katana easier to use than I did the F6 and its supposed to be a difficult shirt to use!
coyleIcon...23-02-2013 @ 20:34 
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I have size 50 f6 well used 20 i will be at the british bench press if you want it
coyleIcon...23-02-2013 @ 20:34 
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I have size 50 f6 well used 20 i will be at the british bench press if you want it
AdamCIcon...23-02-2013 @ 23:39 
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walker said:
I would agree more with this having been learning in a shirt for the past few months. From what I've been told though I wouldn't even bother trying to touch to start with. Just get used to the shirt on the boards first.
I started too tight in a F6 so as the others said start a little looser at first. Strangely I do find my Super Katana easier to use than I did the F6 and its supposed to be a difficult shirt to use!


yes good point i should have put, if you cant get the bar to touch to a board dont worry too much about trying to force your way to the board

just get plenty of reps in to whatever board you can get to, get a feel for the shirt and learn the groove etc
siwaniakIcon...03-03-2013 @ 20:45 
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Guys I am looking for bench shirt ,right now I am 130 but I want to drop to 125kg
Do Youknow who wanna sale one?
Funky_monkeyIcon...03-03-2013 @ 22:19 
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I would also go for boards, dropping the height until you get to chest. Having a shirt on is completely different to raw benching, and the boards will teach him this slowly. I see him dumping if he went straight to chest. I like the 4 sets with smaller boards leading to chest.

Titan F6 is by far the easiest shirt to learn in, and i'd go for chest size or chest plus 2 and 2nd hand. DO NOT get a brand new inzer rage-x or katana as your first shirt!
Joseph_WaltonIcon...03-03-2013 @ 23:18 
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I'm flogging a 46 fury with slight pull on the right of the chest plate for 20 +5 postage. That'd be an alright fit between that weight range. Older shirt is slightly more forgiving so you can learn the line, if you've never used one i wouldn't recommend breaking in a new one.
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