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APT revolutionized the knee and wrist Wrap market and
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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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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)

 

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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
slattimer@yahoo.com

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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.
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..................................

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