Discussion in 'Fitness & Nutrition' started by Arya Stark, Mar 17, 2009.
How do you know when you need to use one?
I use one for squats and deadlifting. Although I'm trying to strengthen my core so I won't need to rely on it too much.
Use it for your heavy sets and push your abs out against it.
The belt is to help strengthen your core with whatever your lifting. If you have a weak core, you may want to try using it on your really heavy sets but you also need to focus on strengthening your core too... if you don't you could really hurt yourself
I use a belt to chain weights to for dips and pullups.
Thanks for that.
I've been using a belt on heavy squats for a while now and I had been doing it wrong for a while lol. I don't know if I would say, "wrong" but when I read "push your abs out against it" I was like, "so thats what that was"...
I recently pushed my abs about against the belt on my last rep the other day and I was able to push through a HELL of a lot easier.
i always get weird stares but i wear the belt backwards. so the bigger part is across abs. been doing it since highschool
If I was just BB'ing and wasn't training to get stronger I wouldn't wear a belt.
That's me too. But twice I had two broly guys offered to let me use their belt and it got me thinking.
I've never used one. The most I've squatted was 315/rackpull 505/DL 405.
Never felt I've needed one and probably won't use one anytime soon.
That's pretty good, I would imagine anyhow.
How big are you?
I'm 185lbs right now and I can squat 315 x 6 but I need the belt
I honestly don't know if I "need" the belt, but I do feel a lot safer for some reason, and it makes it easier
I used one when I used to lift heavy consistently.
These days, I don't really feel I need one. I rarely go "heavy" on squats and my core stays pretty solid on the occasion that I do go heavy on deads.
I haven't used a belt in a while.
I might use it today for box squats, dunno dunno.
I rarely use a belt. If anything I might bust it out on a real heavy set of squats, where I'm doing 1-5 reps.
I use a belt for anything over 500 pounds on any lift.
That's because for you, 500lbs means a rep range of 8-12
I wear my belt for everything. Usually its loose for the lighter work, when I get into my heavier sets I tighten it down.
I've never worn one so I have no idea. I've had guys come up to me and be like "OH GOD BE CAREFUL YOU ARE LIFTING TOO MUCH WEIGHT WITHOUT A BELT"
I wear my belt on the treadmill, it keeps me oh so stable
210-ish and 5'9".
Not couting the fat, I am pretty small.
That's not important
Good lifts though, just shred up when you can't stand to look at yourself in the mirror anymore Don't think you can ever go wrong with that scale honestly. For now I would say just keep packin on muscle.
I didn't use a belt for the longest time and my lower back was always hurting. I use one now for heavy squats and deads and it's made a world of difference
I use one, for deads and squats, just because I always have. I remember in high school you couldn't lift (deads/squats/cleans) if you didnt have a belt.
I use it when I do heavy squats/deads. If I think I can't do it or if I feel kinda funny without a belt, I'll use it. I'll also use it if I'm going for a buncha reps and I don't have a spotter there. Just as a safety precaution.
haven't found it necessary yet but I bought an EFS retro belt for when the time comes. I used it once for squats and once for deads and felt like it didn't make any difference at my level.