I have mentioned this several times in my training log this training cycle, but it is worth mentioning again in depth. Training the three competition lifts raw is good to do periodically. My hips would hurt during raw warm-ups on days I would squat in gear. The low end on my bench as well as benching in a full range of motion had gotten weaker from training for the shirt. Training for the gear and, or training in the gear can hurt your raw strength. Training to compete in a raw meet is one of the best things I could have done for my training. Prior to this I did all of my max effort work raw with the exception of training in gear every other week in preparation for a meet. In the future I will make sure to get in enough raw work when training for equipped meets to maintain my raw strength.