1.Too much gear
The sport of geared powerlifting uses too much gear. It’s that simple. There are squat suits, bench shirts, deadlift suits, knee wraps, double knee wraps, double suits, belts, wrist wraps…
Most people have a great workout by just putting on half of that stuff. This is also once of the reasons why the majority of the people try to stay away from gear – it seems to be too complicated and only for the elite.
2.Too much dick measuring
The whole point of powerlifting in general is to measure the dick size of the competitors metaphorically speaking. It’s all about trying to lift the most weight and that seems to be the only goal. Nobody cares about style, squat depth and health. If the weight on the bar is plenty, everything must be perfectly fine.
Nobody seems to care that people are benching double what they can deadlift. The raw record for the bench press is in the 700s while the record for the equipped bench press is in the 1200s. Doesn’t that seem weird to you? When is the dick measuring going to stop?
The weight on the bar is not the only thing that matters.
3.Too much stress on the joints
Powerlifting gear allows you to lift insane weights which otherwise would break you in five different pieces and even Dr. House won’t be able to collect and glue your body parts. Similar amount of weight is hell on the joints even with all that protective gear. Your body is still under significant amount of stress and geared lifters usually seem to have shorter careers. Many switch to raw powerlifting during their ‘master’ years.
4.Too many federations
The reason why people don’t take geared powerlifting seriously is the amount of different federations which all have some sort of different rules. That makes comparison between the athletes harder.
There are also many federations without strict rules. Many people squat high and never pause their bench presses. That does not seem to be a problem and world records are being set that way.
5.You can’t really see what’s going on
Geared powerlifting requires 10 spotters to be safe. The spectators can barely see anything. That’s why geared powerlifting will remain relevant only among those who consider the pointless [pursuit of numbers a respectful endeavor . It isn’t much more than an egoistic activity which ultimately ends one way.
Bottom line: Nobody cares about your fake strength.