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ItalianGalleon
02-22-2004, 08:49 PM
Whenever I see a picture of a powerlifter doing any sort of bench, they're always wearing a belt. Why is this? Is this part of the shirt or is it worn for some other reason?

ElPietro
02-22-2004, 08:50 PM
Probably because when you do a competition bench, you arch your back, which can put a lot of strain on the lower back. Some powerlifters don't arch as much, so they don't wear out their back for squats and deadlifts.

c.u.fan
02-25-2004, 03:59 PM
The lower you pull a bench shirt, the more support it will give. The belt is used to keep the shirt down.

phreak
02-26-2004, 01:17 AM
Actually some lifters (me included) bench with only a regular keep-the-trousers-up belt. This allows for the greatest possible arch while still keeping the shirt in place.

ItalianGalleon
02-26-2004, 05:22 AM
Actually, I was wondering if having the belt would interfere with the arch. Good thinking.