How many here use a bench belt. The one that's about 2 1/2 inches wide all the way around. I have one, but I'm not sure if I really like it or not. I can arch more, but it doesn't feel like I'm getting a lot of support.
I personally thoughtitfelt awkward, but I know some people swear by it.
I like my lever belt better. I put so much stress on my lower back (especially at a meet for some reason) I like the extra support and I give up the little extra arch
i love mine. it helps me be able to reach for the bar more.
I have both the APT bench belt(single prong) and a Toro Lever bench belt. I like both. They both really hold down the shirt and don't restrict my arch.
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I have the APT one and like it alot.
Thanks for the input everyone. I guess I'll just have to experiment which belt is better.
I have recently started using the Toro lever bench belt that Ryano mentioned. Titan sells it. It is narrow in the back to not hinder your arch, but wide in the front to hold the shirt down better. After a few sessions to get used to it, I like it very much.
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The titan Toro is the same one i use. I think the fact its bigger in the front holds the shirt a little better and I dont have to tighten it as tight.
I use an old p.o.s. belt that I cut down to about 2" all the way around. I've never felt like I needed "support" from my belt when benching. It holds my shirt down and I can arch as much as I'm capable of.
Id say the bench belt compared to your full size belt, seemed like you were able to get your big fat gut up more for that 500 and only have 2" from lock out compared to 4" from lock out on your thicker belt.
do you think you need the support in your back to hit more weight?
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But, the SPUD BENCH BELT, is awesome. I have both the leather and the spud version, and the spud bench belt is by far the most versatile belt for benching. You can getting it screaming tight for back support but it's flexible enough to hold comfort. That and the material sticks to the shirts/singlets so it does an amazing job of holding the shirt in place.
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You really need to stick to the bench belt. I agree with Johnathon for some reason you seemed to arch a little more with it.
Well that and the fact you are getting to damn FAT for your other belt
Last edited by bigbadwolfe; 09-03-2008 at 06:58 PM.