The key to weightlifting being an inexpensive, yet rewarding sport is that you do not need to purchase huge amounts of weight lifting equipment and apparel, join a gym or group to see fantastic results in a short amount of time. This is what makes weightlifting so unique and popular. Anyone can start weightlifting in their garage or spare room with as little as a barbell and a pair of shorts.
However, there is a point you may reach in weightlifting, as with other sports, where you decide to proceed further and commit more time, effort and money to persue the sport you enjoy so much.
There are a number of articles available here that will help you to select the kinds of equipment that you may wish to purchase, from basic barbells to complete home gyms. However to really look the part you may want to invest in some weightlifting apparel which will ensure you really fit in as you train.
When you join a gym you will find that they often have their own name or logo printed onto their official apparel. This will be available from the gym shop. You can purchase weight lifting shirts, jumpers, bags and leotards with the gyms own name printed on the front. These are great for local competitions as they identify your training location and will make you and your training buddies feel as though you are part of a team.
For official competitions you will need to comply with the IWF official rules on clothing, so you will need to purchase apparel that conforms to these restrictions. There are a number of places where you can find fantastic weightlifting apparel which will not only comply with the IWF rules, but is also practical, fashionable and comfortable.
www.thelordsofdiscipline.com pride themselves on being professional bodybuilders who are opposed to any use of drugs or illegal substances to enhance their physique or increase their abilities. They have created their own clothing and apparel range of training wear, which is fashionable and practical. These include T-shirts, sweatshirts and tank tops that any weightlifter would be proud to wear.
www.bestforminc.com is another good site, which sells Hotskins merchandise. Their large range encompasses shorts, singlets and muscle tights. They also have Pittbull tank tops and T-shirts and carry the full T. Michael bodybuilding clothing range.
For more professional apparel try one of the IWF sponsors such as Eleiko. They promote the Adidas response suit for men and women. This one piece offers extra thigh and shoulder support and looks pretty cool too. Alternatively you could try the Inzer Z suit for a really professional look. This one piece provides all over body and hip support and a patented non-slip design. This is a favourite of professional power lifters.