Jul 13, 2020
Matt and Niki discuss the fun stuff today, the "bonus" equipment
that you can start to think about getting after you have the basics
like a rack, plates, barbell, and platform. Most of this equipment
will be appropriate for the intermediate and advanced lifter, where
supplemental lifts and accessory work play a significant role in
the training program.
Matt and Niki's equipment picks can be broadly broken into
personal attire (like straps and sleeves) and gym equipment
(speciality barbells, attachments, etc).
- Wrist wraps - elastic. If you’re pressing over
200/ benching 300+, go for the stiffer ones. If you lift well under
that, consider more flexible varieties as the stiff wraps can be
quite uncomfortable. Note that Rogue wraps run more flexible, so
opt for the stiff ones there.
- Lifting straps - anything leather is nice, and
easy on the hands/wrists
- Knee sleeves - go for 7mm thickness. Matt
likes to add some liniment to the inside of his sleeves before
squatting — Tiger Balm for warmth, EliteFTS for cooling (depending
on weather and temperature in the gym).
- Slingshot - for accommodating resistance on
the bench press. Also useful for older lifters with stiff and
painful shoulders that give them trouble on the bench press.
- Extra horse stall mats — for deficit
deadlifts, block pulls, etc.
- Dip belt — for weighted chins and dips
- Chin-up bar - if you don’t have one on your
- EZ curl bar - for curls, lying triceps
extensions, skull crushers, etc.
- Dip bar
- Chains — Matt prefers chains because he
believes they carry over a little better for the raw lifter
compared to bands. The downside is they are large, heavy, and
expensive. If you lift at home, he recommends chains. If you lift
at a gym, consider bands instead as you can throw them in your gym
bag. Matt recommends a pair of the mini bands (red), lights
(green), and mediums (purple). Niki recommends you only use these
bands for banded lifts. Don’t use one for chins and other
accessories. The reason, she says, is using one band more often
than another will cause the bands to wear unevenly, meaning they
will exert uneven tension during your banded barbell lifts — which
we don’t want!
- Note: Titan sells 5/8” chain, which is the thickness you want.
Marine stores usually carry it. If you don’t have access to it, you
can use 3/8” chain but you’ll need double the amount. Matt
recommends about 100lbs of chain.
- Small set of dumbbells - for rolling triceps
extensions, conditioning, high rep presses, etc.
- Couple of kettlebells - for conditioning
- Lat pulldown — Matt likes the Titan stack.
Rogue has a rack attachment as well.
- Sturdy box — for box squats. Preferably an
adjustable box with adjustable height. Matt like the ones from NY
Barbells and EliteFTS. He also has one from Rogue, but be warned,
it’s super heavy!
- Duffalo/buffalo or safety squat bar — bar with
a curve that allows lifters with very stiff shoulders to get into a
low bar position. The safety squat bar is a straight bar, but with
handles mounted perpendicularly so that the lifter can grip the bar
in front of the shoulders rather than behind.
- Prowler, rower, or echo bike — for
conditioning. Take your pick!