• Gym Toys for Powerlifters - By Mark Robb

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      In the previous article, we discussed equipment used in raw (classic) competition, namely a belt and shoes. Next, we will discuss the how and why of using some of the other most common pieces of equipment that a raw lifter will likely find to be useful tools in his or her toolbox. I will again limit discussion to those tools used in the RTS method, as this would otherwise turn into a novel that only addresses bar variations.

      Other than the obvious straight barbell, power rack, and regulation sized bench, equipment we use will fall into one of three general categories:

      1. Address range of motion weaknesses
      2. Superload a movement
      3. Special bars and racks

      The purpose of additional equipment is to illicit a specific training effect with the ultimate goal of increasing absolute strength in the competition lifts. These assistance movements should be implemented at the appropriate time in a lifters training plan, as well as in the right proportion. In this article we’ll focus on the tools used to address range of motion weaknesses. ...more