I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and one that kept you productive. Since this is the start of a new week, it means I have a new blog post for all of you.
I am not sure how many of you have used a weight belt or even know when to use one, but figured I would discuss it because many people assume ONLY those that do powerlifting should use one, but honestly, weight belts can come candy for recreational lifters as well with some rules in mind. I don’t particularly use one myself, nor do I own one (They can be hefty in price) but I have used one once or twice before when I was doing internships at the University and was lifting major weights during my squats. Now I don’t lift that much during my squat to use one, but I find that once I get back up to those numbers, it might become useful for me again. This post will be short and to the point, but hopefully it will be helpful to those that have never used one or those who are unsure as to whether to purchase one.
Using a Weight Belt:
- Belts should NOT be worn all the time
- Belts are useful for heavy loads – near max (I say for compound lifts mostly)
- Support the back – can reduce injury when used correctly.
- Helps increase performance for near maximal load
- Wearing a belt often can lead to weaker back muscles (lower back)
- Could inhibit abdominal muscles motor learning
- You DON’T want to depend on a belt for all your lifts
Now some may agree to disagree as to whether you or I should consider wearing a belt. I have heard both answers, “yes” and “no” and that is perfectly fine. I am more concerned that you know how to use one properly and know when it is most appropriate to use one. I think the most important factor is to find one that fits your stature and works with you and not against you. If you keep some of the tips I listed above in mind, you will find your experience a much better one. For those of you interested in learning a few more things about using a weightlifting belt, I found a nifty article on https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/lessons-in-weight-belts-how-and-why-to-use-them.html that might be a fun read and give some more insight that I was unable to answer for you. As for wearing a belt, let me know your personal thoughts on it in the comment section!
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