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What weightlifting items to buy for training

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What weightlifting items to buy for training

If you came to the club once, you WILL be back!

 

Here is the list of items you will need to have in your bag for ALL of our sessions; these will aid your Olympic weightlifting:

  • weightlifting shoes
  • knee wraps / or neoprene knee sleeves
  • lifting straps
  • weightlifting belt
  • wrist support, if you have weak wrists
  • pulling straps
  • magnesium, aka chalk
  • zinc oxide tape
  • comfortable and non-restricitve clothing
  • full page diary and a pen
Item             How does it look
      What is it for            Which is the best one

Weightlifting shoes   

 lifting shoes  Weightlifting shoes offer rigity and protection for the feet.

Their small heels, protect connective tissues of the knee and assist with squatting depth.

Only to be worn on the weightlifting platform, whilst lifting, pulling and squatting.

Adidas lifting shoes are one of the favourite, but their sizing not always correspond to the “norm”; so try before you buy. These are not always leather, and not always have a wooden heel.

CrossFit lifting shoes are popular too.

Polish handmade leather weightlifting shoes are awesome and cheap. If you are after comfort and not a “label”, then, these are perfect.

It all depends on what you like and how much are you williing to spend.

 Knee wraps (elasticated)

 Harbinger knee wraps  These will protect the knees and connective tissues from overstretching, from impact and shock waves.

They also keep your knee joints more stable.

You will need to take them off, after each set.

Harbinger Power Knee wraps are great and inexpesive!

 Knee sleeves

(neoprene),

7mm only

 Rehbands  You can put them before training and take them off after.

These keep your knees warm, and do not restrict blood flow.

If you buy these, buy only 7mm thick ones, anything less, I find doesn’t offer any protection.

The most popular brand is Rehband. Expensive, but worth it; you can’t put a price on your health!

 

I suggest that you buy both, knee sleeves and knee wraps.

 

The wraps come in handy, when you squat heavy & great on top of your knee sleeves.

Weightlifting Belt

weightlifting belt Absolute must-have on heavy lifts, squats and pulls!

What the belt does is that it packs up your internal organs against the spianl wall, thus, offering reinforcement of the trunk.

This is known as the buttress effect, in medical terms.

Any shaped, leather weightlifting belt will do nicely!

Wrists support

(not pure cotton ones)

wrist support Wrist support straps offer your wrist joints stability, and also reduce the angle of your wrist extension, as you catch the bar onto your shoulders from the clean and jerk, and offer support in the snatch lift. Any neoprene wrist support will do, as long as it does not have any metal or plastic attachments.

Those will dig into you and it will not be pleasant.

 Pulling straps

 Pulling straps  Pulling straps are used pulling.

They simply allow you to handle greater weight and where weightlifting hookgrip (jammed thumb by the other four digits) will no longer be of any use.

 If you are into crafts, you can make one yourself (I’ll drop a video here this week).

You’ll need to take any colour karate or judo belt and cut two strips of 60 cm lengths.

That is it!

Alternatively, buy a pair from the internet.

 Magnesium / Chalk

 chalk  Magnesium allows your hands to grip the barbell better, as it absorbs skin grease and moisture on the hands to increase the friction between the skin and the bar.

It makes lifting safe.

 I suggest that you buy a box of this goodness, and it will last you for about 6-8 months; depending on how often you lift.

Not expensive, prices for 8 blocks in a box, range from £12 – £17.

Zinc oxide tape

tape-hand-grip_protection As well as protecting your palms’ skin from tearing, it offer additional friction between the barbell and your hands, thus, making lifting safer. Any local farmacy stocks this item.

Diary

A5 diary for training Please, please, PLEASE turn up to all sessions with your A5 full page diary.

You will need to record everything you do, and we will refer to it, to check for progress, personal records, and their dates.

Otherwisse, there is no way of monitoring your performance.

Any local supermarket, a book shop or a stationary shop.

I hope this is a useful information. Should you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, call, message or email.

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