30 MISTAKES TO BE AVOIDED BY THE WEIGHTLIFTER
By Donny Shankle CPT
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. - Philippians 4:8
Wearing Equipment for Every Lift (7)
Equipment such as belts and wraps should be only worn for maximum attempts. There is nothing wrong with wearing such gear as long as it is legal but limit the use of it in training. Get used to lifting with nothing but the essentials for decency. Lift as heavy as you can before you begin belting or wrapping. Try to improve your raw numbers each time you train and then use your supports to help you with a few more kilo's.
Limit any equipment you might wear to help you deal with an injury. If you have wrist and knee pains while you lift try to get through your light weights without wrapping. Allowing the blood to freely flow to these joints during exercise will help strengthen and heal them. Like a smallpox vaccine, giving yourself a controlled amount of pain will gradually build the tolerance in your joints to help you sustain continual maximum training. The lifts themselves are surprisingly sometimes the best medicine.
The important thing, however, is to lift as much as you can so, I am certainly not advocating lifting without your gear all the time.