It can be quite stressful starting out in powerlifting knowing what equipment to buy and what not to buy. I have trained quite a large number powerlifters and have tried and tested a lot of the things you’re probably looking to buy or find out information on.
Below I will go through some of the essentials you need for raw powerlifting.
Let’s start from the ground up!
Depending on the way you squat will depend on what footwear you use. Either way you should avoid spongy heels and typical running trainers. This will create instability and put you further way from the ground in the squat and deadlift.
For anyone looking to buy squat shoes I would recommend Adidas Adi Powers. These have been used by a number of our lifters and provide great stability and durability. Note when buying Adi Powers buy between 0.5-1 size smaller.
For the deadlift and wider stance lifters looking for flat shoes I would go for Adidas wrestling boots. These have a very slim sole and provide decent ankle support so you can push out on the side of your feet.
It’s worth investing in a good pair of shoes as these will get used the most throughout your training.
Flat Shoes (Deadlifting and Wide Squatting) – Click Here
Adidas Adi Power – Click Here
Socks are pretty straight forward. They must be knee high and must be worn for the deadlift. SBD and Titan do decent types or you could just buy a pair of football socks from your local sports shop.
SBD Socks – Click Here
Titan – Click Here
SBD are the best knee sleeves for quality that I have used and offer a little more support than other knee sleeves. Other knee sleeves such as Tommy Kono’s have fell apart on me and rehbrads are more of joint warmers that supports.
Only disadvatges for SBD Knee slevves is they can be a little awkward to get on. However like most good things in life they’re worth the wait and offer the most support.
There are other brands out there but I haven’t used them enough to give a decent opinion on.
SBD Knee Sleeves – Click Here
Tommy Kono’s – Click Here
Rehband – Click Here
I found that a few of our Titan singlets fell apart around the crotch area. Inzer singlets are pretty cool excpet they shrink in the wash. The SBD ones are very light weight material.
SBD Singlet – Click Here
Inzer Singlet – Click Here
Titan – Clich Here
There are a number of belts on the market. If you want cheap and cheerful then strengt shop will tie you over but wont last and is a short term investment. If you plan on sticking to lifting then SBD and Inzer are the best belts our there.
Strength Shop (IPF Approved) – Click Here
Inzer Belt – Click Here
SBD Belt – Click Here
SBD Wrist Wraps (IPF Approved) – Click Here
Talc – Buy this from anywhere and put it on your legs for deadlifting. DO NOT get it on your hands as it will fuck up your grip. Also don’t bang your feet on the platform as you will create an ice rink.
Chalk – Pretty easy you can buy this from most fitness stores.
Smelling Salts – www.PowerliftingIreland.com