Hello again PRS friends
Still slogging through a loooong offseason.
If you’re a raw guy (w/ belt, sleeves, wraps etc) doing a long offseason would you recommend alternating cycles with and without the supportive equipment? I’m just on the fence as I do feel I need to improve my strength without the equipment (particularly in the squat) but also don’t want to lose my technique in the equipment.
I have also been working my way through a long off-season. I start adding in gear the last half of my off-season block when I am scheduled to start contest prep after the current off-season block is completed. This allows you to get plenty of raw work in during your off-season, but it also gives you a few weeks to work on getting the kinks out of your equipped work before starting contest prep. I’ve done it that way for the last two summers and it’s worked for me.
Since the equipment is very very minimal, I’d say training without it, then jumping back in it should take very very little time to adjust. I’d def avoid training in knee wraps year round, with that said.
I typically don’t use knee wraps in my raw offseasons. I focus primarily on my weak points and building strength with minimal equipment. With raw there really isn’t a whole lot of technique change from knee sleeves to wraps. I use knee sleeves and belt primarily as a protective measure (to help tighten core, and keep knees warm) and focus on form which will transfer over when you throw your wraps on.
I do a few 3 week mini-cycle sans belt after every meet. I also only use knee wraps during meet prep. I never train without sleeves because I am a big baby.