March 10, 2013
Mike Warkentin believes special equipment will never take the place of practice and effort.
I have little use for the gear debate about which shoes are better for which workout, whether tights help anything at all, which speed rope is best, what wicking system will keep my crotch drier, or whether I’ll produce 2 percent more power lifting off plywood instead of stall mats.
Who the fuck has time for this?
I like gear. I regularly buy things I don’t need for my gym, but deep down, I know I probably don’t need to mess around with the safety-squat bar all that often. I probably just need to squat.
I also know a brand new speed rope isn’t going to improve my double-unders if I don’t practice with it relentlessly.
I honestly think that much of the time spent worrying about equipment could be better spent practicing, and I think any minute performance gains might be overwhelmed by simply trying harder during a workout. Could you push 2 percent harder in any workout?