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Re: Equipped and unequipped
Coby to call equipped lifting fake would not be correct. Equipped lifting is just equipped. I have done both. I know when I train with the McDermott team that Jim has us train both equipped and unequipped no matter which type you plan on competing in. The movement he has us focus on is the same for both. That is from how we position our feet, drive our legs to the placement of the bar on the chest and the arc of the lift…it is the same. Now where I enjoy unequipped I would never diminish those that compete equipped. Someone may be competitive raw but not equipped. I hold the National Record M3 Unequipped Bench 165.25 but do not think I can beat the equipped M3 165.25 by just putting on a shirt. I would have to train hard for a while to get there. There is also a point where we need to decide if the stress on our joints and tendons are worth the risk as we reach for more weight. As a Master 3 and having had a couple of shoulder surgeries I do consider this. Do I want to continue to compete, well yes. Have I reached what may be the functional limit of what my shoulders will withstand, I do not know but I may be there. So if I decide to now compete equipped I do not want someone to diminish my effort. There is a little more going on that may influence that decision. It may be to protect myself. It could also be that I have peaked raw and want to push the envelope with support. But no matter which I choose it is real. The same goes for those that compete equipped. They are real lifters, the weight is real and the numbers they have achieved are real.