Raw powerlifting and geared powerlifting are two different styles of powerlifting that involve slightly different rules and equipment. Here is a comparison of the two:
- Raw powerlifting, also known as “unequipped” powerlifting, involves competing in the three main powerlifting lifts (squat, bench press, and deadlift) without the use of any supportive equipment, such as a bench shirt or squat suit.
- The goal of raw powerlifting is to test an individual’s natural strength and ability to lift weights without the aid of supportive equipment.
- In raw powerlifting, lifters are allowed to use a lifting belt, wrist wraps, and knee sleeves, but are not allowed to use any other types of supportive gear.
- Geared powerlifting, also known as “equipped” powerlifting, involves competing in the three main powerlifting lifts while wearing supportive equipment, such as a bench shirt or squat suit.
- The goal of geared powerlifting is to test an individual’s strength with the aid of supportive gear, which can help the lifter lift heavier weights.
- In geared powerlifting, lifters are allowed to use a variety of supportive equipment, including bench shirts, squat suits, and deadlift suits, as well as a lifting belt and wrist wraps.
Both raw powerlifting and geared powerlifting are valid forms of competition, and many lifters choose to compete in both styles at different points in their career. Ultimately, the choice between raw and geared powerlifting will depend on an individual’s goals, preferences, and experience. Some lifters may prefer the simplicity and focus on natural strength of raw powerlifting, while others may enjoy the added challenge and technicality of geared powerlifting.