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Bench Press Powerlifting Shirt
APT's APEX Powerlifting Shirt for Bench Pressing
is THE NEWEST State of the art Bench Press Shirt.

APT Introduces it's NEW State Of The Art
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very easy still breaking in the 2 ply!

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Want to increase how much you can bench press? Or, how about improving your lockout strength?

Board Presses have been essential in the power lifting game for many years.

The Pro Repboards Set allows you to vary your range of motion when using bench press.

The set includes:

  1 Base Pro board
3 additional Pro Repboards
Adjustable strap for fixing the Repboards to the chest.
The Pro Repboard Base Board is 2.4" thick, and measures 5.9" x 9.8"
Repboards measures 5.9" x 9.8". Each Repboard adds 1.6" to the stack

Benching with 4 Pro Repboards is one of the best ways of improving the top portion of your bench press. 4 or more Pro Repboards allows you to handle heavier weights and learn how to flare at the top.
Pro Repboards are made from SUPER dense lightweight foam, meaning you can stack and load more weight!!
 
Great for taking to a meet for warmups - Very light weight
 
The MAXIMUM recommended weight for Pro Repboards is 240kg (approx 530 lbs)
 
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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.

Price:
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2 Ply APEX Bench Press Powerlifting Shirt APT Pro Gear
APEX Benchpress Shirt 2 ply.

Custom built per order when ordered for all 2 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"



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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 2 ply.

Price:
$234.95

3 Ply APEX Bench Press Powerlifting Shirt APT Pro Gear
APEX Benchpress Shirt 3 ply.

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.

Price:
$16.95
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Bench Press Shirt 

If you are new to the sport of powerlifting and attended a competition I am sure you saw these guys walking around with their arms all pushed up like they had the lats of Arnold Swarzenegger. Now at first you may have thought something is really wrong with these guys but the reality is it is actual a part of our sport. What these guys were wearing was none other than the powerlifting bench press shirt.

            For those of you unfamiliar with this, the powerlifting bench press shirt is a specially made shirt that allows lifters to lift more weight. These shirts can be made from polyester as well as denim. Some shirts are single ply and others can be multiple ply.  Some have both a layer of poly and a layer of denim. For those of you competing make sure you knows the rules of the organization that you lift in so that you get the right shirt. Basically the bench press shirt is made of super strong material and the reason for this is twofold. First off is to lift more weight in the bench press. The second reason is to prevent career ending injuries like a pectoral tear or shoulder dislocation.

            With the powerlifting bench shirt the first thing you should know is that it will take probably at least two guys to get it on you. Oh yea don't think that you will get it on all by yourself. One thing you will notice when you get your bench shirt in the mail is the fact that it is super tiny. Hell you will think that they sent you the wrong size and gave you a child's shirt. Guess what it is the right size, now you just have to squeeze your chubby ass into the thing. This is where all the fun begins. Get ready for some bruises on your underarms and triceps; this is just part of the game. You should also warn your handlers to the fact that they should tape their knuckles before attempting putting the shirt on you. This is because they will basically take off all the skin on their knuckles if they don't.

            Now that you have your shirt you have to learn how to use it. Remember the groove pathway of a raw bench press and that of a shirted bench press is completely different. Don't be one of that guy that never wore his shirt in the gym and then throws it on come contest time only to bomb out. You need to work with your shirt in my opinion once per week until l you have mastered it. This will take time so don't get frustrated. Get a bench press specialist in your gym to help teach you the many different tips on getting the most out of your bench shirt. He can teach you in an hour what would take you 6 months to find out on your own.

Safety is one of the most important features of the shirt. A properly fitted bench press shirt will help prevent injuries to the pectorals and shoulder girdle. When bench pressing heavy, injury is always a factor but when you use a shirt it will help reduce your chances of a major injury. You want to make sure that your shirt is tight in all the right places to protect yourself from the strain of the several hundred pounds that you are lifting. Protecting yourself from injury should be priority number one because if you get injured it will leave you out of the gym for weeks or months depending on how severe it is.

            The next thing you will notice about your shirt one you get the technique mastered is the increase in strength it will give you. Oh yea some lifters are getting upwards of 250 pounds out of their shirts. That is a big difference and this is why the new shirt technology out there has everyone wanting to wear one due to how much it can affect your max lift. The reason for this is twofold. The first reason is the fact that the tightness of the shirt actually makes the weight hard to bring down to your chest. Some guys will have over 400 pounds on the bar and can't get the bar to touch their chest at all. When this happens you need to add more weight. The second reason why it will help you lift more is the fact that it will help you explode in two main areas. The first is off the chest. This is a sticking point for many lifters. Getting a big boost in this area can make or break the lift. The second area where most lifters fail is during the lockout. The new seams and contoured designs that are out on the market make the lockout much easier because it gives you that last push at the top of the movement. This is why someone can bench press much more weight with the new shirts that are available compared to their raw max.

            So as you can see using a bench press shirt is a very complicated endeavour in the least. I recommend you try a few different shirts before you choose what you like. Some guys like poly and others swear by their denim shirts. Each person is different so you will need to find out what best suits your personal needs. Remember finding what shirt you like and then learning how to use it to its utmost capabilities will take some time so don't be in a rush. Take your time and learn as much as you can from the experienced lifters in the sport and see what shirts gives you the most bang for your buck. Believe me once you have your shirt of choice mastered you will truly love the benefit of adding more and more plates to the bar and pressing it of your chest like it was a feather!

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Bench Press Shirts

An Introspective Look at the Bench Press Shirt & Benchpress Shirt for Powerlifting

By Shawn Lattimer

Many people are always asking me questions about bench shirts. Which one I use, and which one I think is best are a couple of the most common questions I get from other lifters. Beginners often ask the question, what is that thing? Hopefully, the following article will help educate many, and dispel some of the rumors that seem to hover around bench shirts.

The Basics

Bench press shirts were originally brought to the market as a protective device, much like a lifting belt. The original shirts were a tight polyester material that helped protect the shoulders and pectorals during heavy benching, such as during a competition. Somewhere in the 1980's, lifters discovered that these bench shirts also could be used to provide an increase in the weight a lifter could move.

While the use of bench shirts has been hotly debated on the Internet, it is a fact that the majority of lifters use them. In particular, the vast majority of elite and famous lifters use some form of bench shirt. Today's shirts are highly evolved, purpose built garments designed with the intent of lifting more weight. While some powerlifters take offense to this, and feel that the purity of Powerlifting is negatively effected by bench shirts, it is very clear that the shirts are here to stay and have been solidly ingrained in the sport.

In the beginning, there was only one type of bench shirt available. Now, several companies sell varying levels of shirts, in various materials, ranging in price from less than $40 to well over $200. While I have not worn every shirt on the market, I have worn several of each type, and I can comment from personal knowledge on the characteristics of each type. I have worn at least 10 different bench shirts in the last 5 years. For the sake of generalization, there are basically two main categories of bench shirts, polyester and denim.

Poly Shirts

 Polyester (poly) shirts were some of the first designs on the market, and are essentially the standard equipment choice of powerlifters from beginners to world record holders. The poly shirt consists of one or more layers of polyester or similar fabric sewn into a tight fitting garment. In general, the sleeves of the shirt are angled in such a way as to require stretching the fabric to move the arms toward the chest when holding the bar, such that the stretch of the shirt adds to the force a lifter's muscles can provide.

Poly shirts are made by several manufacturers in many different designs. Some shirts are made entirely of the same material throughout, others have a different material for the back of the shirt, and still other have the back of the shirt split open and fastened with Velcro, or even left completely open. In general, poly shirts must fit the wearer very tight. They are extremely uncomfortable, and are known to chaff the underarms severely. If a poly shirt doesn't hurt, it is much too loose. Different lifters like their shirts to fit differently, but it is universally accepted that tighter is usually better.

Each type and brand of poly shirt has its own unique characteristics. Some work very well benching high on the chest, such as the APT, IInzer Blast Shirts and the closed back Phenom. Others such as the Titan Fury, or the open back version of Inzer's Phenom, seem to work best in a low groove where the bar touches below the pecs. The poly bench shirt changes the way in which weight is lifted. For example, the Inzer EHPHD Blast Shirt tends to drive the bar path over the lifter's face. The lifter has to compensate for this by purposely forcing the bar path lower. Each individual shirt has its own unique groove, which must be learned in order to achieve maximum performance.

The additional benching power of the poly shirt comes from the stretching of the shirt material and the compression of the lifter's body. This power can make it difficult to make the bar touch the chest. For advanced lifters, thicker shirts built from multiple layers of material can make touching the bar even more difficult. The multiple layers do add additional resistance, and therefore power to the shirt.

Incidentally, since the poly shirt is meant to be so tight, it can be very difficult to get on. Shirts made entirely from one type of material with a fully closed back are especially difficult, and may require several helpers to place the shirt on the lifter. Shirts with Velcro backs, stretchy back material, and completely open backs have become much more common simply because they are easier to get on the lifter. Some lifters use liberal amounts of baby powder to help the shirt slide onto their bodies.

All poly shirts must be pulled up the lifter's arms as far as possible first. It is always important to make certain the shirt is straight. If the sleeve is twisted, it can very negatively affect a lift. The seams of the shirt can be used as an indicator of straightness and positioning of the shirt. Once the shirt is in position on the arms, it must be pulled over the head, or pulled around the shoulders for an open back model. The shirt must be pulled down the torso, and all of the wrinkles worked out of the fabric. If the shirt is a Velcro design, the Velcro should now be fastened. At this point, final adjustments to straighten and position the shirt must be made. Typically, the seams around the deltoid and under the armpit need adjustment. This can be a painstaking process, but patience and attention to detail will prevail. I have often spent over 20 minutes putting a very tight poly shirt on a lifter.

Denim Shirts

 Many lifters find denim shirts intimidating. I spent two years deciding if I was "ready" to move up to a denim shirt. Only after taking the plunge did I find that the denim shirt suits me much better. Denim shirts provide more support than poly shirts, and are considered to be the top of the line. There are also shirts made of canvas, but those work on basically the same principle as denim shirts. I have no personal experience with canvas, but from stories I have heard, they are even more supportive than denim.

Denim shirts are sewn from one or more layers of denim material (basically the same material as blue jeans), into a shape very similar to a poly shirt. Most denim shirts have at least a mostly split back, making them significantly easier to put on. I prefer to use completely open back denim shirts, which are simply slipped up the arms, and tugged into place. Denim shirts are not required to be as tight as a poly shirt, making them infinitely more comfortable. I can wear my shirt for over an hour without any real discomfort.

In general, denim shirts all perform better when used in a low groove. Open back denim shirts work best when the bar is actually touched on the lifter's stomach. A denim shirt does require a great deal of very refined technique to use properly. I have spent a great deal of time with the best coaches in the world, and I have yet to reach proficiency, let alone perfection.

The denim shirt creates its power by twisting and straining the fabric, and by compressing the lifter's body. Because of the tenacity of the fabric, the denim shirt can support much more weight than a comparable poly shirt. The stress placed on a lifter's body by a denim shirt can be severe. In many cases, a lifter will not be able to even touch the bar to his or her chest with weight he or she could bench without the shirt.

Because of this, precise technique becomes very important in a denim shirt. Some lifters will see "hit or miss" results, and that is because of technique. Everything has to come together perfectly for the denim shirt to perform. What would normally be an off day can easily become a complete disaster in a denim. Everyone has seen meet results where a normally flawless lifter not only performed sub-par on the bench, but bombed miserably. Technique is paramount.

Single Ply vs. Double Ply

This is a simple concept that improved shirts by leaps and bounds. A single ply shirt is just that, one layer of poly or denim sewn into a shirt. A double (or more) ply has multiple layers of material in critical areas. For example, a double ply poly shirt will be two layers of polyester material sewn together for the front and the arms of the shirt. Especially in poly shirts, a double ply shirt will increase the weight a lifter can move. Double ply is essentially a standard in denim shirts, as the extra layer prevents ripping of the material under extreme loads.

How to Choose a Bench Shirt

With all the choices available, how does a lifter decide which shirt to use?? Start off with the rule book of your chosen federation. Each governing body has a set of regulations pertaining to the bench shirt. WABDL allows single or double ply, poly or denim, but the neck must be closed. WNPF allows single or double ply, poly or denim, open or closed back, but no canvas. USAPL allows single ply poly only. IPF requires individual brands to pay a fee for approval of shirts, so individual brands may or may not be legal, even though they must al be single ply poly.

So, once you are familiar with the rules of the federation you intend to lift in, and you know which shirts conform, how do you choose? The best way is to find lifters who use the various shirts, and find out how they bench. Do they bench elbows out, high on the chest? Or do they bench elbows in, touching the stomach? Different shirts all have different characteristics. Do some research, compare your budget against the price of the available choices, and pick the highest performance shirt you can use in your federation.

Conclusion

Once you have done the research, picked the shirt you want to use, and you are ready to go, be ready to do some real work. You can not simply put a bench shirt on and add 50 or 100 pounds to your bench\. A shirt requires technique, special training methods, and extensive practice. I spent 4 years teaching myself to use a poly shirt effectively. I spent the entire year of 2003 learning my denim shirt under the best coach in the world, and I'm not entirely proficient yet. Train in your shirt as often as possible, and keep practicing technique.

Lift big, and stay strong.

And always remember, Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

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Bench Press Shirts

Bench Press Shirt Training

By J.T. Hall, AA, BS, CPT
N.A.S.A. KY Powerlifting Chairman
nasa-sports.com

I have seen and read about a lot about training advice for using bench press equipment. Some people feel you should train with the shirt every week or as much as possible. Others feel you should train with the shirt @ least once a month. All this advice never addressed the true issue; it's going to take time to get used to the bench press shirt. When I first started training with a bench press shirt a lot in 2000, my lifts went down. I couldn't figure out the reason why! After a while, I realized that a lot of shirt training is a serious overload for the neuromuscular system because you are probably using a lot more weight than your normal raw max. Some lifters are using 25-225 pds over their max with a bench press shirt. Also, a shirt can be so tight, that the weight doesn't touch and the weight comes down to your chest very slowly. So, you are doing a lot of negatives sometimes when you train with a bench press shirt. This can lead to a lot of overtraining and delayed on-set muscle soreness.

Another huge mistake lifters make is that they try to get stronger in the bench press shirt! This is a major problem in the powerlifting community because the number one way to get a stronger bench press is without the bench press shirt. Trying to get stronger with the bench press shirt doesn't allow your muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints to get strong on their on. This is setting lifters up for serious physical damage or chronic injuries. Your body has to get stronger over time to handle extreme heavy weights. Don't short change it or else! I believe one of the best ways to get use to a bench press shirt is to use the shirt 1-2 times 6-8 weeks before a meet and that's all. This will allow plenty of time for the body to recuperate. Also, if you use it too many times, it can teach bad form. It doesn't matter what you do in the gym, until you compete on the platform! You will get plenty of quality time with a bench shirt in competition. So, once I stopped training a lot with the bench press shirts, my competition lifts took off. I'm getting almost 100 pds out of a single-ply I.A.D. denim. The answer wasn't training with the bench press shirt every week or month, the answer was time!

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The Bench Shirt Primer

By Jeff Behar, MS, MBA, CIH

 

Over the years I have received many questions regarding the bench shirt. Why do the work, how to put one on, what size to get, how to use one effectively, which type to get, etc. Hopefully, the series of articles I will write over the next few months will answer all of these questions and more, and clear some of the questions many people have about the mysterious Bench Shirt.

 

What Exactly is a "Bench Shirt" and How Does It Work?

 

A bench shirt is a stiff supportive shirt, used to improve performance in the bench press, most often in power lifting competitions to increase their 1 rep max. The bench shirt is basically artificial shoulders and pectoral (chest). The shirt resists the bench press movement (like compressing a powerful spring) thereby giving a boost off the chest.

 

History

 

Originally the attire for powerlifting was similar to that for Olympic lifting. Lifters had the option of wearing a one piece lifting suit, called a singlet, or a two piece one made up of a tee shirt or tank top and a pair of shorts. Knee and wrist wraps were allowed in the form of ace bandages. Additionally, a belt no wider than 4" could be used. However, at the 1968 AAU Senior Nationals there was significant controversy over lifters wearing multiple layers of trunks and wraps to aid their lifts. Soon, special squatting and support shorts turned up that helped when lifting. In 1973, the National Weightlifting Committee banned these supportive suits and all other supportive lifting gear other than a belt. These rules continued until 1974 when the IPF came into existence.

 

Bench shirts were originally brought to the market as a protective device, much like a lifting belt, knee wraps, etc. The  "Bench Shirt" came into existence in 1983, when a college student and powerlifter named John Inzer started making shirts that supported benchers' shoulders and deltoids. The original shirts were a tight polyester material that helped protect the shoulders and pectorals during heavy benching, such as during a competition. Word spread that the bench shirt not only prevented injuries but actually helped bounce the weight off your chest.

 

Gear use is currently widespread in powerlifting with more federations offering equipped lifting than unequipped.

 

What Can A Shirt Add to Your Lift?

 

Bench shirts can add approximately 10%-15% for a low quality shirt or perhaps as much as 20%, 30%+ to your single paused legal bench press with a good Inzer, Karin or Titan shirt after you learn how to use your shirt. Learning how to use the shirt, choosing a shirt that fits correctly, and choosing a shirt that fits your lifting technique is the key to getting the most out of your shirt. Some lifters depending on the equipment rules have gotten even higher percentages (45%-50%) from a bench shirt. Failure to use the shirt correctly, choosing a shirt that does not fit your technique can sometimes result in hurting your 1 rep max and having a lift that is less than a "raw" or unassisted (no shirt) lift.

 

Superheavyweight Ryan Kennelly, benched 1070 pounds (476.3 kg) on 4/13/08 at the APA West Coast Iron Wars held in Kennewick, Washington using a bench shirt. It is said that his "raw" max is under 700 pounds.

 

The heaviest bench press without any equipment to assist is held by Scot Mendelson with a lift of 715 lbs (324.3 kg)

 

 

 

 

Rules Governing Bench Shirts

 

Different power lifting federations have different rules governing allowed equipment - for example:

* The only supportive equipment allowed by the 100% Raw Powerlifting Federation for bench press is a leather belt.

* The International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) stipulates that support shirts must be "of one ply stretch material".

* The American Powerlifting Federation (APF) is the most popular powerlifting Federation in the World doesn't only allows single ply, and closed back shirts. 

* The United States Powerlifting Federation (USPF) only allows single ply, and closed back shirts.

* The American Powerlifting Association (APA) only allows open back shirts, and 2 ply gear. However, the APA also  keeps limitations on the gear like no canvas, no shirts pulled down past the shoulders, etc.

* The USA Powerlifting (USAPL) allows single ply equipment.

* The World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL) allows single or double ply, poly or denim, but the neck must be closed.

* The World Natural Powerlifting Federation (WNPF) allows single or double ply, poly or denim, open or closed back, but no canvas.

 

Prevalence of Use

 

While the use of bench shirts has always been hotly debated, it is a fact that the majority of lifters use them. In particular, the vast majority of elite and famous lifters use some form of bench shirt. For instance the current bench press record Ryan Kennelly (1070 pounds (476.3 kg) on 4/13/08), as well as legend Scot Mendelson (1008 lb (457.5 kg) 2/18/06.) have made amazing poundage's using the bench shirt. 

 

Types of Bench Shirts

 

In the beginning, there was only one type of bench shirt available. Now, Bench press shirts come in a wide range of styles and fitting types. Bench shirts are usually made of polyester, denim, or canvas and come in single- or multi-ply thicknesses. The two most popular types are the polyester and the denim bench press shirt. Kennely has made some of his largest lifts using a Inzer double Rage-X, and or an Inzer double denim.

 

An important point to note, each shirt, as well as the brand changes the way in which weight is lifted. Therefore practicing in a shirt to identify which brand, type works best for your style of lifting is essential.

 

Single Ply vs. Multiple Ply

 

This is a simple concept that improved shirts by leaps and bounds. A single ply shirt is just that, one layer of poly or denim sewn into a shirt. A double has two layers in critical areas; a triple ply has three layers of material in critical areas. The thicker the shirt, the more resistance is given, and the more additional power the bencher has available. Most polyester shirts these days are double ply, and double ply is essentially a standard in denim shirts and canvas shirts, as the extra layer prevents ripping of the material under extreme loads.

 

Polyester (Poly) Shirts

 

* One of the first designs on the market.

* Polyester bench press shirts are by far the most popular type of shirt being used by benchers and world record holders today.

* Polyester bench press shirts are tight fitting shirts made with 1 or 2 layers of polyester.

* There are three main types of polyester bench press shirts today. They are:

o Shirts using the same (or similar) type of fabric throughout the whole shirt. These types of shirts are extremely tight and hard to get on. It usually requires 3 people to get one on.

o Shirts which has the back split open (either permanently, or the backs may  fasten up with Velcro). This type of shirt gives the lifter a bit more flexibility when they're not lifting.

o Shirts with a thin, "stretchy" material on the back (said to be created to get around "no open back" rules by some of the federations, such as the USAPL and APF.

* The shirt is made in such a way, that the fabric of the shirt needs to be stretched when the bencher is holding the bar and moving it downwards. When the bencher pushes the bar back up, the fabric is relaxed.

* In general, the sleeves of the shirt are angled in such a way as to require stretching the fabric to move the arms toward the chest when holding the bar, such that the stretch of the shirt adds to the force a lifter's muscles can provide.

* The additional benching power of the poly shirt comes from the stretching of the shirt material and the compression of the lifter's body.

* This power can make it difficult to make the bar touch the chest. For advanced lifters, thicker shirts built from multiple layers of material can make touching the bar even more difficult. The multiple layers do add additional resistance, and therefore power to the shirt.

* Poly shirts are made by several manufacturers in many different designs. Some shirts are made entirely of the same material throughout, others have a different material for the back of the shirt, and still other have the back of the shirt split open and fastened with Velcro, or even left completely open.

 

Wearing the Poly Shirt

 

* Poly shirts must fit the wearer very tight and can be extremely uncomfortable.

* If a poly shirt doesn't hurt, it is much too loose.

* Poly shirts are known to chaff, cut and bruise the underarms severely.

* Therefore many beginners might opt to try a looser fitting shirt, like denim, first.

* They can be very difficult to get on.

* Shirts made entirely from one type of material with a fully closed back are especially difficult, and may require several helpers to place the shirt on the lifter.

* Shirts with Velcro backs, stretchy back material, and completely open backs have become much more common simply because they are easier to get on the lifter.

* All poly shirts must be pulled up the lifter's arms as far as possible first.

* It is always important to make certain the shirt is straight. If the sleeve is twisted, it can very negatively affect a lift (seams t can be used as an indicator of straightness and positioning of the shirt).

* Once the shirt is in position on the arms, the shirt must be pulled over the head (or pulled around the shoulders for an open back model), and  pulled down the torso, with all of the wrinkles worked out of the fabric. If the shirt is a Velcro design, the Velcro should now be fastened.

* Once this is done the seams around the deltoid and under the armpit should be checked to ensure that they are still straight.  If not they should again be readjusted.

* If the shirt is tight fitting like it is designed to be worn it can take as much as 15-25 minutes to get the shirt ready for the lifter.

 

Using the Poly Shirt

 

Like with any shirt type, each type and brand of poly shirt has its own unique characteristics. Some like the Titan Fury, or the open back version of Inzer's Phenom, seem to work best in a low groove where the bar touches below the pecs (chest).  People that  bench high on the chest, seem to favor shirts like the Inzer Blast Shirts. It is important to recognize that not only do shirts fit differently for different people, but each individual shirt has its own unique groove, which must be learned in order to achieve maximum performance. For example, the Inzer EHPHD Blast Shirt tends to drive the bar path over the lifter's face. The lifter has to compensate for this by purposely forcing the bar path lower.

 

Denim Shirts

 

* A denim bench press shirt is similar in shape to a polyester shirt, and works in the same principal.

* The denim must be stretched in order for the weight to be brought down to the chest.

* Denim shirts provide more support than poly shirts because denim is less flexible than polyester.

* Denim shirts are considered to be the top of the line.

* The denim shirt creates its power by twisting and straining the fabric, and by compressing the lifter's body.

* Denim shirts do not work for everyone because the material and the way it is put the benchers body is under an enormous amount of pressure.

* The shirts are also not the choice for many because for the denim bench press shirt to work effectively, the bencher must use perfect technique. If the technique is not 100% correct, the increase will be negligible (the bencher may even bomb on a weight that they could lift raw).

* They can be purchased with single to triple reinforcement, with Velcro, etc.  Prices typically range from $40 for single ply to $200 for triple reinforcement.

 

Wearing a Denim Shirt

* Because denim is less flexible than polyester, a denim bench press shirt does not have to be worn as tight as a polyester shirt.

* Most denim shirts have at least a mostly split back, making them significantly easier to put on.

* Completely open back denim shirts are easy to wear. Just slip up the arms, and tug into place.

 

Using the Denim Shirt

* Because of the tightness of the fabric, the denim shirt can support much more weight than a comparable poly shirt. The stress placed on a lifter's body by a denim shirt can be severe. In many cases, a lifter will not be able to even touch the bar to his or her chest with weight he or she could bench without the shirt.

* In general, denim shirts perform best when used in a low groove.

* Open back denim shirts work best when the bar is actually touched on the lifter's stomach.

* A denim shirt does require a great deal of very refined technique to use properly; therefore it takes a lot of practice and should not be used by beginners in powerlifting meets without sufficient prior experience using the shirt.

* Because precise technique is of paramount importance, even skilled lifters can miss lifts that they have hit before because of technique. Technique is paramount.

 

Canvas Shirts

 

* There are also shirts made of canvas.

* Canvas bench shirts work on basically the same principle as denim shirts.

* They are said to be even more supportive than denim.

* They can be purchased with single to triple reinforcement, with Velcro, etc.  Prices typically range from $40 for single ply to $200 for triple reinforcement.

 

Availability and Cost

 

Today's shirts are highly evolved, purpose built garments designed with the intent of lifting more weight.

There are now several companies selling bench shirts, offering varying levels of shirts, in various materials, various plys, ranging in price from less than $40 to well over $200.

 

APT offers a variety of approved powerlifting gear (like APT Powerlifting Singlet, Knee Brace Knee Supports, Knee Wraps, Knee Sleeves, Support Ankle Wraps, Rehband Elbow/Knee/Calf/Chin Supports, Elbow Wraps, Knee Wraps, Gripmaster Grippers, Wrist Wraps, Lifting Straps, Powerlifting bands, Fitness Bands. Power Hooks, Lifting Hooks, Weight Lifting Belts and a lot more!

 

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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Bench Press Shirts

An Introspective Look at Bench Press Shirts

By Shawn Lattimer

Many people are always asking me questions about bench shirts. Which one I use, and which one I think is best are a couple of the most common questions I get from other lifters. Beginners often ask the question, what is that thing? Hopefully, the following article will help educate many, and dispel some of the rumors that seem to hover around bench shirts.

The Basics

Bench shirts were originally brought to the market as a protective device, much like a lifting belt. The original shirts were a tight polyester material that helped protect the shoulders and pectorals during heavy benching, such as during a competition. Somewhere in the 1980's, lifters discovered that these bench shirts also could be used to provide an increase in the weight a lifter could move.

While the use of bench shirts has been hotly debated on the Internet, it is a fact that the majority of lifters use them. In particular, the vast majority of elite and famous lifters use some form of bench shirt. Today's shirts are highly evolved, purpose built garments designed with the intent of lifting more weight. While some powerlifters take offense to this, and feel that the purity of Powerlifting is negatively effected by bench shirts, it is very clear that the shirts are here to stay and have been solidly ingrained in the sport.

In the beginning, there was only one type of bench shirt available. Now, several companies sell varying levels of shirts, in various materials, ranging in price from less than $40 to well over $200. While I have not worn every shirt on the market, I have worn several of each type, and I can comment from personal knowledge on the characteristics of each type. I have worn at least 10 different bench shirts in the last 5 years. For the sake of generalization, there are basically two main categories of bench shirts, polyester and denim.

Poly Shirts

bench press shirts Polyester (poly) shirts were some of the first designs on the market, and are essentially the standard equipment choice of powerlifters from beginners to world record holders. The poly shirt consists of one or more layers of polyester or similar fabric sewn into a tight fitting garment. In general, the sleeves of the shirt are angled in such a way as to require stretching the fabric to move the arms toward the chest when holding the bar, such that the stretch of the shirt adds to the force a lifter's muscles can provide.

Poly shirts are made by several manufacturers in many different designs. Some shirts are made entirely of the same material throughout, others have a different material for the back of the shirt, and still other have the back of the shirt split open and fastened with Velcro, or even left completely open. In general, poly shirts must fit the wearer very tight. They are extremely uncomfortable, and are known to chaff the underarms severely. If a poly shirt doesn't hurt, it is much too loose. Different lifters like their shirts to fit differently, but it is universally accepted that tighter is usually better.

Each type and brand of poly shirt has its own unique characteristics. Some work very well benching high on the chest, such as the Inzer Blast Shirts and the closed back Phenom. Others such as the Titan Fury, or the open back version of Inzer's Phenom, seem to work best in a low groove where the bar touches below the pecs. The poly bench shirt changes the way in which weight is lifted. For example, the Inzer EHPHD Blast Shirt tends to drive the bar path over the lifter's face. The lifter has to compensate for this by purposely forcing the bar path lower. Each individual shirt has its own unique groove, which must be learned in order to achieve maximum performance.

The additional benching power of the poly shirt comes from the stretching of the shirt material and the compression of the lifter's body. This power can make it difficult to make the bar touch the chest. For advanced lifters, thicker shirts built from multiple layers of material can make touching the bar even more difficult. The multiple layers do add additional resistance, and therefore power to the shirt.

Incidentally, since the poly shirt is meant to be so tight, it can be very difficult to get on. Shirts made entirely from one type of material with a fully closed back are especially difficult, and may require several helpers to place the shirt on the lifter. Shirts with Velcro backs, stretchy back material, and completely open backs have become much more common simply because they are easier to get on the lifter. Some lifters use liberal amounts of baby powder to help the shirt slide onto their bodies.

All poly shirts must be pulled up the lifter's arms as far as possible first. It is always important to make certain the shirt is straight. If the sleeve is twisted, it can very negatively affect a lift. The seams of the shirt can be used as an indicator of straightness and positioning of the shirt. Once the shirt is in position on the arms, it must be pulled over the head, or pulled around the shoulders for an open back model. The shirt must be pulled down the torso, and all of the wrinkles worked out of the fabric. If the shirt is a Velcro design, the Velcro should now be fastened. At this point, final adjustments to straighten and position the shirt must be made. Typically, the seams around the deltoid and under the armpit need adjustment. This can be a painstaking process, but patience and attention to detail will prevail. I have often spent over 20 minutes putting a very tight poly shirt on a lifter.

Denim Shirts

Shawn Lattimer Many lifters find denim shirts intimidating. I spent two years deciding if I was "ready" to move up to a denim shirt. Only after taking the plunge did I find that the denim shirt suits me much better. Denim shirts provide more support than poly shirts, and are considered to be the top of the line. There are also shirts made of canvas, but those work on basically the same principle as denim shirts. I have no personal experience with canvas, but from stories I have heard, they are even more supportive than denim.

Denim shirts are sewn from one or more layers of denim material (basically the same material as blue jeans), into a shape very similar to a poly shirt. Most denim shirts have at least a mostly split back, making them significantly easier to put on. I prefer to use completely open back denim shirts, which are simply slipped up the arms, and tugged into place. Denim shirts are not required to be as tight as a poly shirt, making them infinitely more comfortable. I can wear my shirt for over an hour without any real discomfort.

In general, denim shirts all perform better when used in a low groove. Open back denim shirts work best when the bar is actually touched on the lifter's stomach. A denim shirt does require a great deal of very refined technique to use properly. I have spent a great deal of time with the best coaches in the world, and I have yet to reach proficiency, let alone perfection.

The denim shirt creates its power by twisting and straining the fabric, and by compressing the lifter's body. Because of the tenacity of the fabric, the denim shirt can support much more weight than a comparable poly shirt. The stress placed on a lifter's body by a denim shirt can be severe. In many cases, a lifter will not be able to even touch the bar to his or her chest with weight he or she could bench without the shirt.

Because of this, precise technique becomes very important in a denim shirt. Some lifters will see "hit or miss" results, and that is because of technique. Everything has to come together perfectly for the denim shirt to perform. What would normally be an off day can easily become a complete disaster in a denim. Everyone has seen meet results where a normally flawless lifter not only performed sub-par on the bench, but bombed miserably. Technique is paramount.

Single Ply vs. Double Ply

This is a simple concept that improved shirts by leaps and bounds. A single ply shirt is just that, one layer of poly or denim sewn into a shirt. A double (or more) ply has multiple layers of material in critical areas. For example, a double ply poly shirt will be two layers of polyester material sewn together for the front and the arms of the shirt. Especially in poly shirts, a double ply shirt will increase the weight a lifter can move. Double ply is essentially a standard in denim shirts, as the extra layer prevents ripping of the material under extreme loads.

How to Choose a Bench Shirt

With all the choices available, how does a lifter decide which shirt to use?? Start off with the rule book of your chosen federation. Each governing body has a set of regulations pertaining to the bench shirt. WABDL allows single or double ply, poly or denim, but the neck must be closed. WNPF allows single or double ply, poly or denim, open or closed back, but no canvas. USAPL allows single ply poly only. IPF requires individual brands to pay a fee for approval of shirts, so individual brands may or may not be legal, even though they must al be single ply poly.

So, once you are familiar with the rules of the federation you intend to lift in, and you know which shirts conform, how do you choose? The best way is to find lifters who use the various shirts, and find out how they bench. Do they bench elbows out, high on the chest? Or do they bench elbows in, touching the stomach? Different shirts all have different characteristics. Do some research, compare your budget against the price of the available choices, and pick the highest performance shirt you can use in your federation.

Conclusion

Once you have done the research, picked the shirt you want to use, and you are ready to go, be ready to do some real work. You can not simply put a bench shirt on and add 50 or 100 pounds to your bench. A shirt requires technique, special training methods, and extensive practice. I spent 4 years teaching myself to use a poly shirt effectively. I spent the entire year of 2003 learning my denim shirt under the best coach in the world, and I'm not entirely proficient yet. Train in your shirt as often as possible, and keep practicing technique.

Lift big, and stay strong.

And always remember, Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Shawn Lattimer
810 Bench 

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  • 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.

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