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Apparel for serious strength training
If strength training becomes a permanent lifestyle and habit, you will stop using heavy weights.
That’s when it makes sense to invest in some high-quality, more targeted strength training equipment, just as you invest in work clothes as you advance in your career.
Tops with fist
Due to the muscular nature of weightlifters, many companies make shirts with stretchy materials to accommodate more body types.
The problem is that these shirts are mostly made of polyester and are very soft – which is precisely the opposite of what you need when training with a barbell.
For a bench press, the excellent form requires shoulders turned upside down and buried in the bench. Again, a jersey with a rough texture will help you use more leg drive to get the perfect back arch.
As a beginner, I hope you’ve chosen short-seam shorts (think running shorts). Depending on your height and preference, a 5 to 7-inch inner seam is best.
Most of the shorts are tight at the bottom of the squat and cause us to bounce back too quickly. I’m using a Center Stretch Squat Short by A7 that has a stretchy material in the crotch to allow for more depth.
Joggers for lifting
If you’re from a place with cooler temperatures, shorts might not be your thing all year round, especially if you’ve ever had to jump in a freezing car to get to the gym.
They were running like Swiss Army fitness knives. They’re suitable for every workout in or out of the gym, plus that trip to Whole Foods on the weekend.
Joggers always tend to be too tall for shorter guys like me, but the A7’s Defy Joggers are just the right length. I also find the tapered legs are modern enough without feeling like I’m wearing yoga pants.
Compression shorts and pants
Compression clothing has been around for decades but has recently gained popularity among men outside of cycling. These items, such as shorts and compression pants, provide additional support and protection against fatigue.
The A7 designed the OX Compression Line with iron lifting in mind, but I find it well suited for outdoor jogging and any activity where I want to feel light and fast.
With any barbell-based strength training movement, it is essential to maintain a balanced center of gravity, significantly above the mid-foot as the weight becomes heavier.
Soft and spongy running shoes will clench and cause you to lose balance, which can cause injury.
Lifting shoes, however, have flat, solid bottoms that leave nothing to chance. They also have a high heel that allows you to go deeper into the squat.
Serious Weight Lifting Equipment
With the higher weight on the bar, correct lifting form will become more critical than ever to avoid injury.
Keeping joints like your wrists straight will mean the difference between hitting a new PR or spending money at the doctor’s office.
Here’s the equipment to help keep you safe and injury-free as you get stronger.
After lifting shoes, a weightlifting belt is the second most crucial investment a weightlifting athlete should purchase to help strengthen their back in squats and deadlifts.
Wrist straps come in handy in both machine press and bench press. Some lifters like to use them in a low squat position, too.
Many beginners do not learn to hold the correct form, so it is essential to keep the bar first so that the weight is placed on the palm of your hand, not the fingers.
Turning your hands 45 degrees or making a diamond with your thumb and index finger is an excellent way to remember this. In addition, the wraps will help keep your wrists straight and in a neutral position.
Knee sleeves are one of the essentials for heavy squats, and you’ll see them on everyone, from novice competitors to professional weightlifters.
The sleeves keep your knees warm and provide support while squatting. Look at them for protection, not as an aid, and make sure they aren’t so tight that they cut off circulation.
The only thing that separates A7 knee sleeves from other options is their length. This is great because sleeves that barely cover the knee tend to move all over the work set.