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Questions About Erector Shirts/Briefs
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Bingbeast
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Do erector shirts help with squats & deads?
Do briefs help?
Are they allowed in raw competitions?

thanks

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black_angus1
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No, they actually make the lift more difficult. They are only used in multiply competition, so the lifts don't become too easy.

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frankjl
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I've never used an erector shirt, but you rarely see people using them. Sometimes you'll see them used by guys who are injured. There was a guy at my gym who tore an intercostal (spelling?) and used it to allow him to still squat.

It's a safe bet that you'll be able to squat more weight with the use of briefs. Some people also use them to deadlift in but I'd say the majority of equipped lifters do not. In terms of the lift being 'easier' it's hard to say. When you squat in tight gear, there is a smaller margin for error and you feel like your face is about to explode at the bottom (see my avatar). So there's a trade off to be made there between "using more weight" and the "head explosion co-efficient".

I do not know for certain about the erector shirt, but briefs are definitely not allowed in raw competition and I highly doubt erector shirts would be allowed either.

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Bingbeast
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Thanks. Ok, so basically the briefs are the same materials, tightness etc, as a suit? Can you wear briefs under a suit?

I wonder how they check if someone is wearing them in a raw comp?

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budreiser
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I'd think it would look pretty obvious if they were wearing briefs in a raw comp

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frankjl
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Bingbeast wrote:
Thanks. Ok, so basically the briefs are the same materials, tightness etc, as a suit? Can you wear briefs under a suit?

I wonder how they check if someone is wearing them in a raw comp?


Briefs are almost always made out of a polyester material. Squat suits are mainly made of 2 types of material: polyester & canvas. In multiply powerlifting, you can wear both briefs and a suit. You can mix and match materials. Some people prefer poly briefs & a poly suit, some prefer poly briefs & canvas suit. The different materials fit some lifting styles better, but it is largely a personal preference. The big advantage of a suit is the straps which causes it to have more "stopping power" where it stops you in the hole. The briefs provide rebound out of the bottom. It is a subtle difference to explain.

It is feasible that one could cheat and use briefs in raw competition. However, you'd have to put them on and get through your warmups without anybody noticing. If the briefs are tight at all, you won't be able to get depth with lighter weights which should raise some suspicions. I would imagine judges would catch this kind of thing if they were paying attention. And lastly, if you're near record weights, in many competitions the meet director will run an equipment check just to preserve the historical integrity of the records.

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Bingbeast
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thanks man!

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