Ok I have been lazy about getting a belt and will finally commit to one. I never thought I needed one but they seem good to have when going for a one rep max.
Single prong or lever? I'm getting an inzer belt and they are the same price. I know dual pronged ones can be annoying so I wont be getting that.
What size would be good? I am about 200 pounds about to cut to 185 or what ever looks good. I currently have a 34 waist but I do want to get bigger than I am.
1) That was the general consensus around here from what I have read
2) I want to cut first and than put on weight. I have put on a good 20 pounds while already having some bodyfat, a cut is in order.
Last edited by BFGUITAR; 05-12-2008 at 04:47 PM.
Inzer has belt sizes and their corresponding waist sizes. Get a belt in black. I ordered one in a weird color and it's just now getting hear, over a month after I ordered it. I missed the UPS man today though, dammit.
my personal experience is the double prong belts are a pain and don't really add much more support than a single. I like the lever belt personally. it takes a little fooling around with to get the right spot, but I like it because I can easily flip it looser between attempts. Some guys dont' like the lever belt though. If you wear a squat suit they are a pain because you'll change where you set it to between a bench shirt and a squat suit to your deadlift suit.
I wear my belt super loose for my first belted warm up, then one notch tighter for the next, then as tight as it will go. Doing that with a lever belt would be a major pain in the ass.
Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
I like the double prong becuase that's all I've ever used. Mainly personal preference though.
sorry to hijack but i measured myself around my gut and I'm at 35 inches, what size should i get if the medium is whatever up to 35 and large is 36-42 or whatever, or maybe i should just get that APT belt
I have used double prongs my whole life as well, never had issues with them, although I have nothing to compare to so maybe I am missing out.
I am not a big fan of the levers personally and I haven't used them extensively just here or there when just messing around. But as far as adjusting on the spot, a normal belt is the way to go. Especially if you are cutting/bulking, sometimes you have those days where you are in between and it woudl just be easier with a prong.
It seems I can't go wrong with a simple single pronged belt!
My double-pronged inzer just came in the mail today. It's a wee bit difficult to get off with 2 prongs, but I'll live.
another vote here for single prong. my first belt was a double and it was a bitch to get the tightest fit from it. with a single and more thinner belt, its ease.
so which belt did you end up going with?
Yup, single prong makes life easier.
I have an Inzer 13MM single prong and it's impossible to get it on tight by myself, and even harder to get it off.
I have a FlexSports double prong and love it
I saw a new belt that is sort of like a truck tie down ratchet and tightens or loosens to whatever you want.. it's pretty expensive though ($140ish)
I just got my belt yesterday!
I am very excited to use it tomorrow!
Question... are belts generally allowed in all federations when benching?
I know in APA and UPA they do, and they probably do in all or most others, and if you lift with a bench shirt you will probably want one anyway to help hold ths shirt down.