How should you incorporate wraps into raw training? My max I base my numbers on is a wrapped max. So assuming that, my 5×5 sets (for example) would be sets of 5 with wraps but those sets seems like a rather lightweight to use wraps. Should I base my numbers off my raw max and know that I will squat more in competition? It seems like it would beneficial to wear wraps to get used to the feel and the groove.
Id use wraps with anything over 70% of your max but this has a lot of variables. How good are you in wraps? what phase of training are you in? lots to consider here.
A couple things to think about –
Off season is based on RPE, so knowing a max is irrelevant. In the off-season, wraps should not be used. Stronger you are without them, transfers over to how strong you are with them. Meet prep – use wraps and use competition max. No wraps for accessories. Reps above 3, even 5 are tough to do in wraps because of the tissue damage associated. Your knees and calves will take a beating, and this is absolutely not necessary to get stronger. Why lift heavier when you can get the same gains with less weight?
If you grab a copy of 10/20Life, you’ll learn how this all works synergistically. Reserve the wraps for % work during meet prep and peaking.