Seeing the Apex shirt that first time, my initial thought was, "Wow, itty bitty chest plate. Good!" I tested a size 42 even though that is one size smaller than I measure. But the shirt went on easily enough; the ample cut in the sleeve opening allowed the shirt to slip right over my forearms without shirt slippers or a struggle. (I had to stretch the sleeves of my last two single ply shirts to be able to wear them.) The fit through the torso is snug, but not constricting, and the broad scoop of the neck permits it to ride higher on the lighter attempts without choking me out.
Structurally the Apex shirt is very sound. The neck is stout for a single ply, and the radical cut sleeves are well reinforced from the top of the shoulder all the way back to the triceps seam. I like the wraparound fit through the delt area. As I mentioned, the sleeve opening is not tight, but the fit under the arm back to the triceps is, and I have the bite marks to prove it! The stretchy back makes repositioning the shirt easier, and lets you dig into the bench with your back.
I first tested the Apex on February 2, 2009, two weeks after my last meet, and I confess I hadn't touched a heavy weight in that stretch of time. The plan was to work up to about a opener weight, if I could. The set of the sleeve is a bit more radical than anything I've ever used, so it required help from my lift off man to get both hands on the bar. But once I had the weight in my hands, the groove felt very natural and has some wiggle room in it. I took a light triple to about a 2-board distance, then went up 40 lbs. and got that to within a board on a second rep. My third attempt was a single just 5 lbs. less than I opened with last meet, and that almost touched. So, it was going to take 50 lbs. more to touch in the Apex than my other single ply shirts. Nice! My last attempt I did get to touch, and got very good pop off the chest. That attempt was 15 lbs. over my meet opener two weeks earlier. This was accomplished without belting or jacking the shirt down, no twisting the sleeves, nothing, just a solid lift from the Apex shirt right out of the bag.
APEX Bench Press Powerlifting Shirt APT Pro Gear Benchpress Shirt, SINGLE PLY (Click on the title for sizing)
APT Pro Gear APEX Bench Press Shirt.
The newest state of the art Bench Press Powerlifting shirt to date on the market. APT revolutionized the knee and wrist Wrap market and now we have perfected the Powerlifting Bench Press shirt. This is NOT a RageX or a Katana, this is an APT APEX Design
Kick Ass APEX Tee-Shirt, see below
The APT Pro Gear APEX Bench Shirt is the pinnacle of Powerlifting Bench Press shirt design
40" Chest to 56" Chest sizes are available NOW
A Fully Functional and a More aggressive forward sleeve and torso angle than any bench press shirt on the market to date. Real APT customers/powerlifters built and designed this shirt. No Games here, strict & Professional Grade right from APT Pro Gear for you the lifters. This is YOUR bench Press shirt, 18 months of design and testing.
APT Pro Gear's Unique sleeve configuration delivers more thrust with more ease for BIG benches at a world Record level.
The neck is thicker than any other, the neck has a far more effective low and contoured scoop.
The sleeves are much easier to get into compared to your "typical hard to get into sleeves of other bench shirts".
The back neck is scooped extremely low, the sleeve hems aren't bulky which makes the sleeve more comfortable.
It is a unique, cutting edge APEX Bench Shirt product different than any other on the market to date.
The straight cut sleeves and flexible back make it easy for you to put the shirt on and take it off. Tight sleeves aren't necessary in our shirt. The APEX Bench Press Shirt does what it's supposed to do,......let you bench BIG numbers with MAX support where you need it!!!!
The APEX Bench Press Shirt is great for Archers and Non-Archers.
One main key function of the APEX Bench Press Shirt is the ability for "lifter-manipulation" with the placement of the collar and also the sleeve placement on the arms. The sleeves can be pulled up or down, and the neck can be placed low, medium or high. That more than anything changes the area of the "bubble" of support on the torso. Pulling everything up places the bubble higher, and pulling everything down places the bubble low. You get the best of all worlds with one shirt.
Constructed and designed by APT Elite Powerlifting customers & sponsored lifters over 18 months and hand sewn by our APT Custom tailors using the finest sewing techniques, materials and craftsmanship. Super reinforced all the way around for flawless benches.
The low scooped collar puts the support between your shoulders where you need it to get the weight back up.
The back neck is scooped ultra low so your back can stick to the bench to help you arch with MAX upward power and movement.
APT's Custom tailors applied actual real reverse engineering with our own ideas and yours to come up with what we know as THE BEST BENCH PRESS SHIRT of its kind on the market to date.
Our single ply, closed back is within the rules of all single ply organizations.
Officially approved with WABDL, USPF, WNPF, SPF, NASA, APA, WPA, UPA, Canada's CPA, APF, AAPF, WPC, AWPC, Powerlifting Pride, SSA & more to come.
Sizing-Measure your chest under your arm pits and across your nipple line relaxed. If you measure at a partial inch increment, round up to the next EVEN NUMBERED inch and ADD 2 INCHES. This will be your shirt size. All shirts are made in 2 inch increments. So if you measure 47.5", round up to 48" and add 2 more inches and this would be a 50" shirt that you need to order.
Warranty-12 Month Warranty on APT's APEX Bench Press Powerlifting Shirt against Blowouts or failure. If you bench in this shirt other than trying it on for sizing and fit, no refunds or exchanges will be approved to include cutting the back open. When you get your shirt, try it on for fit, if you need to exchange your APEX Powerlifting Bench Press shirt we will exchange it for a new size IF: it is not soiled, not chalked, not benched in, not trained/competed in or smells and or in our opinion abused. Strict 30 day return from purchase date on exchanges for new sizing.
Custom built per order when ordered for all 3 ply APEX shirts. Allow up to 3 weeks for manufacturing before shipping.
PLEASE Consider this: The APEX Bench Shirt is so advanced in it's design that you can actually use a 2 ply in place of a 3 ply. Meaning you'll get the same or more function out of a 2 ply APEX that you do with your current "Other BRAND" 3 ply bench shirt. The 3 ply APEX is Literally a SUPER MONSTER MEGA Shirt at 3 plys. Ever worn Professional Body Armor?
Sizing for 2/3 ply APEX Bench Shirts: Measure your chest under your arm pits and across your nipple line relaxed. If you measure at a partial inch increment, round up or down to the next ODD or EVEN NUMBERED inch and ADD 4 INCHES. This will be your shirt size. All shirts are made in 2 inch increments.
EXAMPLE: So if you measure 47.5", round up to 48" and add 4 more inches and this would be a 52" shirt that you need to order.
EXAMPLE: If you measure 47.3", round down to 47" and add 4 more inches and this would be a 51" shirt. If your measurement is an ODD numbered size like the 51" take the next EVEN inch size up and this would be a 52"
(Click on the title for sizing & LARGER photo)
APT Pro Gear APEX Bench Press Shirt.
The newest state of the art Bench Press Powerlifting shirt to date on the market. APT revolutionized the knee and wrist Wrap market and now we have perfected the Powerlifting Bench Press shirt Custom order the APEX 3 ply.
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