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  • I always use a weight belt.

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    Baby Seal Clubber ElPietro's Avatar
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    Belt or No Belt

    Ok just wondering what you guys think of weight belts. I personally don't use them at all. I believe that if you use good form then there isn't really a benefit to using em. Just wondering on any of your thoughts on this.
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    I use a belt for heavy squats and deads, heavy BB rows, heavy shrugs, and heavy OH presses.

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    Just squats for me.
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    i use a belt as part of doing weighted dips (rope attached to belt)

    I would use it to find 1 rm on any compound lift. injury prevention purposes.

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    Belts all the way. For heavy stuff, ESPECIALLY squats.

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    The instrutors at the gym counsel against belts reasoning that they defeat the purpose of the excercise... particularly deads, the only exception being competetive powerlifiting, however, my weight has risen in DL's to the point of me re thinking this dictim.
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    Last edited by Van Stretch; 08-10-2001 at 05:26 PM.
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    just heavy sets of squats and deads.

    saw a guy wearing one the other day whilst doing incline bench on the smith
    Last edited by flake; 08-10-2001 at 06:56 PM.
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    Never use one.
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    So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
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    Use one for squats.

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    Only for tricep kickbacks.
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    Yeah them kickbacks are killer...
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    Belial and Chicken Daddy are often found working in the womens section.

    Last edited by Maki Riddington; 08-12-2001 at 04:30 PM.
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    "Test all things; hold fast what is good.": 1 Thessalonians 5:21

    "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
    So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
    Romans 7:14-25

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    for powerlifting wearing them it allows you to lift more weight. so if i was competing i would wear one to help increase my lifts but as i am not there is no point. most of the recent evidence points to the fact that wearing a belt does more than not wearing one. if you use good form you should not need a belt. a belt will be more forgiving if you have bad form, however you should have good form in the first place.
    van- i agree with you instructor. if if going heavy as you have strenghted that area so your body will take the extra weight.

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    Originally posted by Maki Riddington
    Belial and Chicken Daddy are often found working in the womans section.

    Thanks Maki this cleared up a previous conversation, when I asked belial how much he could db curl. I was a bit confused when he said normally the baby blue weights, but on a bad day he regresses back to the pink dbs.
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    The blue weights were getting me too big. I use the pink ones now for toning.
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    Only use a belt to add more weight onto me. You know...those belts that have an attachment to hang weight that squashes your member.

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    You guys must not squat very big weights, then.

    If you squat heavy... REAL heavy... you better use a weight belt and wrap your knees or you are gonna pay for it later in life.

    Trust me. I'm old.

    I see that poll that reflects the majority of you not using belts. That's scary. It's no sweat off your nuts to strap on a belt and it BARELY hinders your strength level. Don't be a putz. Wear a belt.

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    I pack on the weight and keep good form. Barely hinders your strength? I beg to differ. Since I stopped wearing a belt, it's been about 1 month or so, my strength has increased a lot in my mid-section.

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    I've been wearing one for about 20 years... it'll hold in your guts and help you from getting injured. I'm not saying it's important for everything, only the BIG stuff. Squats. Deadlifts. That sort of thing.

    I also understand that with new lifters, the poundages are not so big, so you may not yet find a real use for it. When things get heavy, and things WILL get heavy, you will find a use for it.

    Later, when you get old, and you WILL get old, your body will thank you. Ask middle age and older people what hurts them the most. Back and knees.

    Repping out with 500+ lbs with no belt and no knee wraps will certainly bring you problems later in life. I guarantee it.

    Hey, it's your life and I most certainly ain't your Daddy, but I know the people here want to learn to do the right thing as it pertains to weightlifting. So, here ya go. Do the right thing.

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    W84 I guess heavy would be dependant on the individuals bodyweight in relation to the weight lifted.

    I can't say I squat super heavy but If I did max it would be above the 400 pound mark. I don't use one simply because it enables me to lift more than I normally could if I didn't waer one.
    My body should be well adapted to move a sub maximal lift. If not and you need to wear one then maybe your lifting above and beyond your capabilities?
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    "I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do--this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
    So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God--through Jesus Christ our Lord!"
    Romans 7:14-25

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    I do 315 x 6. I weigh 185. I use proper form without a belt. Once I don't use proper form then I will have a possibility of injury.

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    i dont have to do any real ab work, maybe only once a month...
    "The whole jedi thing was just not compatible with my lifestyle. My master was jelous he was always holding me back, -"be mindfull of the future, but live in the present"- what the hell does that mean? I even got my arm cut off...it just sucked. So i switched to the dark side and i havent looked back once...Now i am shooting lightning from my fingertips, choking people over the phone, i even get to wear a cape.....its just boss. My name is Anikin skywalker and i am a sith lord."

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    age: 19
    height: 5'8'' (im lieing its probably 5'7'')
    weight: 159-165 lbs (morning and day)
    bodyfat: 8.6
    bench:315
    squat:405
    Deadlift:500

    goals for end of the year 405/500/600 at 170-175(with the 8pack)

    other: dips 3 and a quarter plates for 4 reps

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    I'm only 165 and I'm squatting 405x6. I can do it without a belt... but hell, forget that. I start off without a belt, but when I hit about 275 I strap that thing on. I tend to think that it's smarter in the end to use a belt. I don't think that it increases your lifts that much... and if you're using proper form anyway... then it shouldn't matter if you're wearing a belt or not. It's just there in case you start to get kinda shaky.

    While on the subject... those of you that do wear a belt, how tight do you wear it? I see alot of guys that cinch it down so tight they can hardly move. I've always been taught that the only time you should feel the belt is when you breath in and press your stomach out, at which point it should fit firmly.
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