I've been curious about this for a while because I feel like I'm pretty much one of the only people I know that doesn't train with a belt in deads and squats.
Besides the safety factor, what do you guys really get out of a belt, in general? The very few times I've pulled or squatted heavy with a belt I felt like I was getting nothing out of it. Does anybody else experience no gain when wearing a belt? Could it not be tight enough? I tried max effort deads with a belt a few weeks ago and got literally 0 pounds out of it, if anything it made the lift a teeny bit harder because I'm not used to the pressure from the belt, sounds funny I know but it just felt off to me.
It takes getting used to. I didn't at first but then I started figuring out how to use it and am slowly getting it tighter and getting more out of it. But I do get a noticeable amount yes.
Not hard like a suit or shirt to figure out but it wasn't instant for me anyways.
Last edited by Reko; 10-07-2008 at 10:28 PM.
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what type of belt do you have?
i have a "golds gym" belt, that pretty much does nothing, maybe supports just a tad, i use that on my warm up sets.
then i have an inzer 10mm lever belt that rocks, you defiantly feel the support, and helps keep your back upright and from rounding, also i can use it to push my abs against the belt.
I believe the bigger your gut the more effective a belt becomes too, your able to push against it with a full breath of air which provides more support. I've always found the belt to be more intrusive with deadlifts, when worn tight enough I think a belt is very beneficial for squats.
I can't put a number on it, but yes, I feel much stronger in a belt. For example, if I do 315lb squat raw then do it in a belt, the belted squat will be much faster out of the hole.
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 dont get anything out of belts, I just use em for support on deads.
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I definitely feel stronger on squats with a belt. You have to really push your gut into it. I don't feel like I get much on deads though.
I just feel more secure with a belt. Really a belt won't make you stronger than you are but it will help you push yourself as much as you can.
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Last edited by BigTallOx; 10-08-2008 at 03:24 PM.
Thanks for the responses so far. Next time I use a belt I'll try to get it as tight as possible and push my gut into it.
I agree with most. I have an Inzer 13mm lever belt and, like smokinhawk said, it rocks. I definitely feel more supported and stronger with it on. Coming out of the hole with it is alot easier than without it. The only bad thing is that, like others have said, it's hard to get to the bar with deadlifts. I'm getting used to it, but I've always pulled with no belt. With squats it's very tight and I like it that way, but it sucks not being able to adjust it without a screwdriver. That's its only drawback. Of course, if you get a belt with the prongs then that is not an issue.
I like to squat all the way down as low as possible, and it helps my back from rounding so I use it. I don't use it for deads, it just gets in the way for me. It just feels like I'm gonna tear my groin off and it's impossible to breathe in before I pull.
Last edited by MPB; 10-08-2008 at 06:00 PM.
As mentioned, the belt makes weight I can use without one feel easier. I read before that the key to getting the most out of the belt when squatting and deadlifting is not to make it as tight as possible, but rather have it fit "snug". this allows for the abs to push against the belt effectively, like some others have mentioned above. I find it hard to get into deadlift position with the belt on, I have the Inzer belt like the others mentioned, but do feel it certainly helps.
Last edited by joey54; 10-08-2008 at 06:50 PM.
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Just get under the bar!
I can easily get 50-75lbs out of a belt. APT has a new 13mm belt that is very solid if anyone is looking for an affordable option.
I never use belts in any lift.... just feels wrong.
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My wrists hurt, but some people don't have wrists to be sore. My knees have tendinitis, but some people don't have legs to get tendinitis in. I seem to be going backwards with training, yet some people can't even walk let alone lift 400 pounds on a daily basis.
Dust out the vagina, and keep on lifting.