Can gym weaponry really add weight to your max lifts?

Are you kidding? You only have to look at the difference in the records charts between regular powerlifting and raw non-assisted powerlifting to see how much a powersuit, weightlifting belt or wraps can add to your lifts. Powersuits are of course the most extreme and I don’t know anyone who would recommend wearing one except in competition circumstances, or in the lead up. Weightlifting belts are commonly worn in an everyday gym scenario to support heavy lifting, as are knee and wrist wraps. Make sure you combine non-assisted lifting with your accessorized workouts to train all of your weakest ancillary muscles. But if you’re looking to break your PB, or impress your new training buddy, belt up.


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