Suits, Shirts, Wraps, and Sleeves: A Quick Tutorial on Powerlifting Gear

Powerlifting Suit – What Is It?

A powerlifting suit is a piece of clothing designed to protect your body from the rigors of training and competition. Most powerlifters wear them during their workouts so they don’t get injured. They are also worn when competing because it’s considered good sportsmanship to not injure yourself or others while lifting weights. Some even wear them during competitions just to look tough.

Some people think that powerlifting suits are only used by strongmen and bodybuilders, but there are many other types of lifters who use them too. You could be one of those people!

The purpose of a powerlifting suit is twofold: protection and comfort. Protection comes in several forms, such as padding, sleeves, etc.

Comfort comes in the form of different fabrics and materials used to make them comfortable.

There are three main types of powerlifting suits:

1) Performance (or “hard” suits): These are made with heavy duty fabric that is intended to provide maximum protection.

They usually consist of neoprene and other durable materials. These are the “heaviest” suits and offer the most protection against injury during heavy lifting.

2) Compression: These suits offer a combination of support and comfort.

They provide more flexibility than heavy suits while still providing some protection during lifts.

3) Single-Ply (or “light” suits): These are the least supportive and protective of all powerlifting suits.

They are flexible and usually have minimal padding. Compared to other suits, they provide the least amount of support.

They are designed to “breathe” to provide comfort during long training sessions and competitions.

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Whether you’re a veteran lifter or just getting started, it is suggested that you learn how to lift properly before buying and wearing a powerlifting suit.

Sources & references used in this article:

Shifting gear: a historical analysis of the use of supportive apparel in powerlifting by J Todd, DG Morais, B Pollack… – Iron Game History, 2015 –

Weighing the Options: Conversations on the Use of Performance Enhancing Gear in Powerlifting by DG Morais, B Pollack, J Todd – Iron Game History, 2015 –

Shifting Gear: A Historical Analysis of the Use of by J Todd, DG Morais, B Pollack, T Todd –

A History of Powerlifting in the United States: 50 Years after York by J Warpeha – USA Powerlifting Minnesota, 2015 –

Shirt for carrying mobile devices and related systems methods by J Rinne – US Patent 10,609,971, 2020 – Google Patents

Comparing the effects of ten weeks of equipped vs. non-equipped training on performance in collegiate powerlifters by TM Godawa – 2011 –