No Gear, No Problem

No Gear, No Problem

May 20, 2013

I know a lot of powerlifters who simply do not believe in raw training, I also know a lot of people who won’t go over 70% without putting gear on. Truth of the matter is, if you want to get stronger, you have to lift without equipment. The stronger you are raw, the stronger you will be with equipment on. In order to get stronger raw, you have to go heavy. I’m talking about full 8 week cycle, ending with 90-100% singles heavy. Getting used to the lack of support when it gets heavy takes a little time to adjust to, but you will find that once you get back into gear you’ll be a lot more explosive. Going heavy raw forces you to push yourself out the hole on squat, move the weight of your chest on bench, and rip the bar off the ground on deadlift, all things that suits are made to do. Learning how to do this allows will increase your raw strength and your equipped numbers. Probably the most important thing about raw training though is that it teaches you how to grind. If you do it right, you learn how to battle through those tough reps and that will translate to meets when your going for that max third attempt. Moral of the story, lift raw and get stronger.

Gene Bell Tip of the Day: Don’t put limits on your training


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  1. Dave Calkins /

    Thanks for the article, Ian. Although a novice, I train (and compete) exclusively raw by choice. I’m a purist at heart, and for me, lifting raw is truly testing myself everyday. Thanks again for the great article.

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