I have this belt http://www.dickssportinggoods.com/pr...413986.4417718 and wonder do I need it? What's the point of it and when do I need to wear it? Any input would be great. Thanks guys.
Belts are typically used to help you brace your abs and low back which adds stability to the big lifts like the squat, deadlift and overhead pressing.
A good belt will not be tapered in the front like the belt you show. By not being tapered you can really push the gut into the belt and create a stable base to squat/press/deadlift.
Some wear belts all the time for the lifts I mentioned. Others wear it on final work sets and others save it for only their heaviest attempts.
Those who don't wear belts feel that the belt prevents development of the "core." And therefore you should deadlift/squat/press without a belt to strengthen the "core."
Those who wear belts feel that you still need to develop the core, but the belt helps you activate these muscles by properly setting them against the belt. The big guys here wear heavy duty belts not the one you showed. They are thick and made of leather.
Thanks for the detailed answer. I used to have a nice leather one till someone stole it but I wear the belt for those exersices to be safe. But I heard if you don't wear a belt when you squat or deadlift heavy you could blow out your spine. Is that true?
Improper technique can hurt your spine--with or without a belt.
My favorite ones are the padded belts -_-
Really, The padding does absolutely nothing for you. The belt is just to counter intrabdominal pressure your body undergoes when under heavier loads.
If you're going to get a belt, this is what you need right here:
(get the single prong ~ not the double prong).
Last edited by Iplan; 12-10-2011 at 12:46 PM.
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I don't know what the hype is about single prongs vs double prongs. As the owner of a double prong, I feel like it is just as easy to put on/take off as any other belt.
Regardless of what you get, make sure you roll it and break it in to make putting it on easier.
If you can get it on yourself its fine. WHen you have someone pull it on, or get it really tight, its much, much harder to get a double prong off.
I have both, I use a double for my deadlift belt, and a single for everything else, well, actually I just got a lever bench belt so thats nice.
I mean I don't know what size to order. How should I measure myself? Should I get that size that comes up or go a size smaller? I'm also cutting right now so I go a bit of waist line to get rid of.
im a 32" waist and I ordered a medium from Inzer. I still have quite a bit of real estate (about 5 more holes) until I outgrow the belt.
I have no idea your waist size, but Inzer (from my experience and readings) tend to have good sizing charts.
Only use a belt lifting near your 1 rep max %.
The belt should be really tight but not choking. You need to get all the air you can into your belly and press hard con the belt.
just remember to measure around where the belt will actually go. I messed up my first belt because I went by my waist size and not around my belly where Im wearing the belt, fortunately it fit, but Im on the last hole.