Questions about lifting belts

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  1. lawrencel715

    lawrencel715 New Member

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    So I've been meaning to get one to support my brittle lower back. The question: having a lifting belt helps you lift more right? and if it does, should I be lifting more with it, or keep at the max weight I would normally use without belt?

    that said, i'm just a a normal lifter. max on 5 rep deads is about 350lbs and 5 rep squats about 275lbs.

    how's this for $18.75? http://www.amazon.com/Valeo-Padded-...=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1225424832&sr=8-11
     
  2. Hood Moses

    Hood Moses I part the Black Seas...

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    I try to keep using to just max weight

    That belt is a piece of shit, get one from www.elitefts.com all their belts are on sale and will last you.
     
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    I got an EliteFTS "retro" belt and used it once. I'll use it when I do max attempts for deadlifts but really I don't think it makes you "stronger", just helps keep your core tight and your back arched when going heavy.
     
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    Phineas Q Stork Active Member

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    belt helps you lift more
     
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    the better question is, will a belt really protect and support your brittle lower back from injury?
     
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    lawrencel715 New Member

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    well, i've pulled it like 3 times in the past month, so i'm laying low now. i want to rest and heal it, and prevent this from ever happening. any other injuries i can deal with, but lower back SUCKS
     
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    maybe you need to focus on your form if you're injuring it that much, assuming it's healed fully before each injury.
     
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    nah i have pretty good form. i was just stupid and did heavy good mornings for one workout. i've been stubborn and not fully letting it heal.
     
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    :doh: give it time broseph. A belt won't help it heal, only time.
     
  10. Hood Moses

    Hood Moses I part the Black Seas...

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    Belt really isnt for protection, its just to help you lift more weight.
     
  11. JeremyD

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    A belt is really only meant to act as an extra stabilizer for your core, almost like having an extra set of abs.
     
  12. 4cd-Air

    4cd-Air Rape seemed like the next logical step

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    need to strengthen your lower back and abs
     
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