You know what sucks?
You know what I'm talking about, right?
You take your time getting set up under the bar. Your shoulders are down and back, your upper back is set, you have a tight arch… you're ready to move some weight.
But then something terrible happens. You unrack the bar, maybe hit a couple reps, and then you start losing your position. Your tightness is gone, your upper back is no longer giving you a firm foundation, and your shoulders are loosey goosey. You're sloppy… largely thanks to a slippery bench.
I've dealt with it plenty of times, and I've tried several solutions to fix it including chalk, bands, different t-shirts, etc…
While some of these solutions worked to an extent, it wasn't until I tried the Moving Over Boundaries Limitless Grip that I was able to truly eliminate the problem.
This compact product is adjustable, portable, cleanable, and most importantly, super grippy!
To put it simply, this product has been a life… errrr…. bench saver.
If you're someone who struggles with staying tight during pressing movements against a bench, the Limitless Grip just may be the solution for you.
Let's see why.
Moving Over Boundaries Limitless Grip
The Limitless Grip was born after its creator, Cesar, couldn't find a suitable solution for his bench slippage troubles. At the time, he was relying on wrapping bands around the pad, which worked relatively well. However, his gym's owner told him to stop due to him having to replace the pads multiple times as a result of damage caused by the bands. Cesar was back to the drawing board.
And drawing he did… on the back of a Chick-Fil-A receipt of all things. Side note #1: How awesome is Chick-Fil-A? They have awesome service, they make great food, and they apparently inspire badass gym accessories (shhh… don't tell them I cussed). Side note #2: Cesar is a beautiful artist.
Two years after that drawing, the Limitless Grip was ready for sale. Since initially launching in the Fall of 2017, the Limitless Grip has garnered some pretty awesome praise. When I talked to him, Cesar said he hadn't heard a single person say the product didn't significantly help them. Having used this USA-made product extensively myself, you can add me to the list of happy users.
Using the Limitless Grip
The way the product works is incredibly simple. Using a 3-step process, you'll be on your way to benching slip-free in less than 15 seconds.
Step 1: Lay the grip on top of the bench at the appropriate position for your shoulders/upper back.
Step 2: Snap the clips on the underside of the bench frame.
Step 3: Tighten the clips as needed to get a snug fit on the pad.
It's that easy.
One of the great things about the product is that it's very easily portable. If you're training at a facility you can just throw it in your gym bag. Not only will it take up a minimal amount of space, but it's also lightweight. Similarly, if you train at home, you can remove the Limitless Grip and store it easily… again, without taking up much space.
If you're like me though, you'll just keep the thing permanently on the bench because you use it all the time.
In case you're wondering, the Limitless Grip will work on virtually any bench frame, but it is not currently designed to fit the Thompson Fat Pad or similar fat-style pads. If you own a Thompson Fat Pad; however, you may not even need the Limitless Grip because it's grippy in its own right.
When you first see the Limitless Grip, you can tell it's high quality. The materials that were selected are high-end, and the product, in general, is well put together.
The Limitless Grip is made of a 100% woven polyester fabric. It has two vertical seams cutting the grip section into thirds, the center of which contains the logo. The benefit of the poly fabric is that it works well in dry or wet conditions. I don't imagine many of us will be benching in the rain, but if you have a lot of sweat, the grip will act the same as it would in a dry scenario.
The sides of the Grip offer a more soft, velvety touch, and they're accompanied by a single border stitch. Like the grip seams, the stitching is very well done. I haven't noticed a single thread that is either loose or out of place.
At the ends of the limitless grip, there are two pairs of clips that are used to physically attach the product to the bench. They serve their purpose perfectly, and they appear to be high quality. The nylon straps are strong and they provide for easy adjustments to fit your bench.
The Limitless Grip just works. In fact, it works better than anything I've ever tried when it comes to benching on a slippery surface. I'm able to get a rock-solid foundation, and I don't have to worry about losing it during my set. Well, if I do, I know it's a form issue because I can no longer blame a slippery surface.
The best way I can describe the grip top is that it's a much better version of those shelf/rug liners. You know what I'm talking about? Those thin non-slip layers that you put under your rug to prevent it from sliding or in your drawers to keep things from moving around? Yeah, it's like that, but much better.
Even by running your hand across the surface, the Limitless Grip prevents a smooth ride. It almost causes your hand to skip because it's acting like a brake system. When you add weight to the surface, you seriously don't move.
Do you use leg drive when you bench? If you don't, you should be. The problem with using leg drive on a slippery bench is that you can lose position very easily. The Limitless Grip eliminates that issue altogether. In fact, since I've started using the product, my leg drive has really improved, which has benefited my overall bench progress.
One more aspect of the product that I love is that I can barely feel it underneath me. You would think it would be noticeable, but in reality, it's not. I suspect this is mainly because it's the only surface you're actually on (if benching with an arch). If part of your body is on the bench itself and another part is on the Limitless Grip, I'm sure you'd feel a small difference.
As with anything, there are alternatives to the Limitless Grip that you can try. The most popular are chalk, bands, and the A7 Shirt.
- Chalk – One way people attempt to remove bench slide is by putting chalk on the bench pad or on their shirt. Chalk is really good for barbell grip, so why not bench too?! Well, it doesn't quite work that way. Chalk does little to prevent slippage on the bench. The problem many people run into also is that they use too much chalk, which actually has the opposite effect, as it makes it even more slippy. Law of diminishing returns and such.
- Resistance Bands – This is a pretty decent way of providing additional grip, but there are two problems. The first is that it's not all that easy to set-up and get your bench position in-place. The second is that it destroys your pad. A prime example is Cesar's gym owner, who had to replace several bench pads due to these bands.
- A7 Shirt – The A7 shirts are awesome and I definitely recommend them in general. They're great for both squatting and benching, which is something the Limitless Grip doesn't offer. That said, I still prefer the Limitless Grip on bench. The reasoning is two-fold. On one hand, you don't have to wash the Limitless Grip (although you can in cold water and let air dry). On the other hand, if you train with other people, you can share the Limitless Grip with no effort at all.
In my opinion, for the purposes of preventing slippage on the bench and providing for a more stable bench position, the Limitless Grip is the best.
Moving Over Boundaries Limitless Grip – Pros and Cons
- The product just works. It provides excellent grip, it prevents you from sliding on the bench, and it helps you maintain a stable lifting position.
- It fits any bench frame and the vast majority of bench pads.
- It provides a minimal feel underneath you, which is nice from a comfort perspective.
- The overall build quality is excellent. The materials are quality and the execution is well done.
- It's made completely in the U.S.A.
- The limitless grip does not currently fit on Thompson Fat Pads or similar pads.
- The product is $40, which some may find a bit expensive. Personally, I think it's worth the price. Furthermore, they are actively finding ways to reduce the cost to the consumer. When you consider the A7 shirts are $35.95 and two green bands are around $40 (from Rogue), the current price feels in-line.
Overall, I'm a big fan of the Limitless Grip from Moving Over Boundaries. This compact product packs a mean punch when it comes to fighting off bench-slide. It has helped me tremendously – so much so that I'm just leaving it on my bench for good. If you struggle with sliding on your bench or if you're just looking for a tool to help you get into a strong bench position, I definitely recommend you check this out.
You can purchase the product directly from the Moving Over Boundaries website linked above and below.
If you want to read more about powerlifting equipment in general, check out my ultimate guide to building a powerlifting home gym.
If you have any questions about the Limitless Grip, please leave a comment below. Likewise, if you own the Limitless Grip and you want to chime in with your own thoughts, please do so!
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