when to wear belt when squatting

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  1. EE CUMMINGS

    EE CUMMINGS aka RobHuang

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    when should you wear a weightlifting belt when squatting?

    when you are squatting more than yourbody weight? i weigh 140 :)mamoru:) should i be wearing one when i squat 185 and more? :greddy:
     
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    nubian Active Member

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    sorry don't wear belts.
    i never have and i doubt i ever will.
    :gome:
     
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    that means you arent training hard enough
     
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    strength is a realative term... there is no set point where you should have a belt on. I know 165lbers that put their belt on when the hit 600 on the squat and I know 165ers that have to but a belt on at 185.

    the idea of a belt is to stabilize your internals and your muscle groups. People usually put a belt on but have no idea how to use it. The belt is there for you to press your stomach out onto. The pressing motion locks everything in place to keep you tight.
     
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    People at my gym use a belt for benchpress :cool:
     
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    70% is not a bad idea
     
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    I do too.... same theory applies
     
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    ummm, maybe as a security blanket type feel I could see, but you arent putting preasure on your abdomen or spine (the way a belt can help) when you're benching...
     
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    damnit, i was starting to like you
     
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    you have obviously never arched hard and held more then 250 in your hands....
     
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    Huge Evil Robot Must not sleep, must warn others

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    i use my belt when i'm squatting over 80% of my max. i use it more as a guide to make sure i'm pushing out hard with my abs more than anything
     
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    i started using one for squat at about 100 lbs over my bw. and since i bought it I also started using it for my last set of dl
     
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    i wear mine only when going for a 5RM or 1RM squat

    also for heavier standing military, and for 1 RM deads
     
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    it's true, I struggle with 135 raw....
     
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    its not a laughing matter bro....
     
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    I wear the belt really loose after I warm up and begin my work sets on squats then gradually tighten it up for max effort work.
     
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    kit99bar USPA Class 2, weak, old man!

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    Last time I did DLs I felt like my stomach was getting stretched with all the pressure I was pushing it out with. I think I'm getting a belt now.
    good bye raw proudness hello safer PR lifts =]
     
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    :ugh: we cant have that. then you'd have no one to yell at :o

    I only use a belt for squat and deadlift, i honestly dont feel any difference when I bench.


    oh, and I never max when I bench, but today was chest/shoulder day, and after my incline workout, I did flat bench, and at the very end of my work out I did 245X6 :bowdown: I dont know what my one rep max is, I figure I'm not there to impress anyone with some number, but I am curious to know.
     
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    I don't use one, but I can definately see the advantage.
     
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    The Bill Starr Madcow worksheet sayeth that 245x6RM = 285x1RM
     
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    but I worked pretty hard before the 245X6, so maybe if I came right in and warmed up I could push higher :dunno:
     
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    For general reference, the formula it uses is

    (Weight in work set)/(1.0278-(0.0278*NumberOfReps))

    so your 245x6 looks like

    (245)/(1.0278-(0.0278*6))
     
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