Learning a new sport is exciting—from nailing the technique to noticing improvements in your overall strength, there’s plenty to look forward to. When it comes to powerlifting, you’re also guaranteed to learn plenty about the imperfections in your squat, deadlift, and bench press form.

On top of learning pro tips to make your lifts more efficient, you’ll probably learn that you’re also lacking in the gear department. Sure, you’ve got leggings galore and enough sports bras to warrant dedicating multiple drawers to their storage, but do you have the right shoes and accessories? 

Click through this gallery to learn the essentials that a powerlifter needs to maximize her efforts in the gym and stay injury-free.