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Tom Schrader Powerlifter Powerlifting
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Tom Schrader
some of my  lifting stats:
3 Time NYS powerlifting champ USPF  (the judging was real and it was tuff )
706 deadlift at 198
705 Squat at 198
430 bench at 198
the 706 deadlift and my 1830 total at 198 were state records.
Personal Stats
Now 48 years old
Married
(kids)
2 strong boys
I live in Oswego NY.

Alan, some feedback for you.
   1) I put my belt on by using a method I picked up off a Ed Coan video. I use the upright of the power racks or in my basement I use a jack post pole to pull the belt as tight as I can get it.
2) I am one of those lifters that has to roll my own wraps and wrap my own legs.
I like my wraps rolled very snug but not "step on tight"
Ok with that said I decided to try the Black Reaper.
My workout was heavy triples. The short version is "WOW nice wrap".
First of all I rolled the wraps with the APT logo in so when I wrapped my knees the logo was out and the all black wrap just had a tough look to it.
Now the meat and potato's
As I started wrapping my knees I felt the wraps stretch pretty easy compared to the more radical "convict wrap". So before I lifted I was thinking "just another training wrap". NOT! Once under the bar these wraps preformed! On my second set of triples I even paused my 3rd rep at the bottom and still shot out of the hole. (no suit just wraps and a belt). And.. when I use a training wrap there is almost never any urgency to get them off after the set. When I finished these heavy sets with  the Black Reaper I needed to get both wraps off and my belt lose at the same time. You know the feeling.
I liked the way I could stretch these wraps myself and still get top performance  out of the wrap. I could defiantly use these as a contest wrap.
My trials will continue but since I dont have or trust a trainer to wrap my knees for me I think Ive reached the Extreme end of the wraps I can effectively use wrapping my own knees with the Convict wrap.
Tom

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