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    Weight-lifting Belts

    Do any of you guys use a weight-lifting belt? I have seen a few guys use them before and heard that theyre "great for saving your lower back."

    Is this true or just BS?

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    I now use them on max effort sets. No, they will not save your lower back.
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    Originally posted by NateDogg
    I now use them on max effort sets. No, they will not save your lower back.

    Then why bother to use them? Monstar, if used properly they will REDUCE the chance of inury. No, they will not save your lower back, but they can help it greatly. As I posted in a earlier thread, I had a number of aches and pains in my back after heavy lifts. Once I started using a belt, they went away.
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    I use them on max effort squats and deads as it gives something to push your abs against.

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    Pretty interesting if you ask me. I might consider getting one. I cannot decide though. Well see what happens.

    Reducing the chance of your lower back getting injured is definitely something to think about.

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    Originally posted by ExtremeAnabolic



    Then why bother to use them? Monstar, if used properly they will REDUCE the chance of inury. No, they will not save your lower back, but they can help it greatly. As I posted in a earlier thread, I had a number of aches and pains in my back after heavy lifts. Once I started using a belt, they went away.
    I believe you just answered your own question..."if used properly they will REDUCE the chance of injury."
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    only for certain exercises (bb row, squat, any OH press).
    for some reason i dont need em for deads
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    I thought about getting one but it seems that's it becomes too easy to rely on the belt. I just make sure that work my abs and spinal erectors well enough to help in the big lifts. One less thing to carry as well.
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    I don't use a belt. But if my numbers continue to grow on my squat I might consider using a belt to avoid injury.
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    Using a belt on a regular basis is not a wise move, in my opinion. You'll grow a dependency on it and with time your body won't know how to stabilize your trunk without it while lifting heavy loads.

    ABout it reducing injury risk, there's no evidence whatsoever about this. It's just a matter of opinion. I also had some back aches while I used them and they went away when I learned to lift properly and stopped using a belt.
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    I always wear a belt. its called my midsection.

    When i do squats, deads etc I strenghten the belt i was born with.

    like restless say no evidence to say it does not reduce injury.
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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    Did you just get to the site sir? How many times have we had this discussion? Why do you always make f*cking useless threads, that have been discussed to death. Try the search tool fool.
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    Originally posted by ElPietro
    Did you just get to the site sir? How many times have we had this discussion? Why do you always make f*cking useless threads, that have been discussed to death. Try the search tool fool.
    monstar becareful, otherwise elpietro will put you over his knee and spank you with his belt.

    there proving belts do not prevent injuries.
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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    lol!
    I have a good leather one in my bag and it tends to stay in there most the time

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    Originally posted by body


    monstar becareful, otherwise elpietro will put you over his knee and spank you with his belt.

    there proving belts do not prevent injuries.
    No one is saying that belts PREVENT injuries. They can however reduce the chance of injury. If this were not true, why would powerlifters wear belts to help them in max efforts and competitions?

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    I'm stronger with it on, so I use it. Notice you'll never see winning powerlifters detracting belts, only kids on the internet....
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    I have recently started using a belt on BB rows, front squats and SLDL's. Only on the heavy work sets of course. The reason for this is I injured my lower back a few months ago on heavy front squats and now don't want to risk it so I use a belt.

    Still, if you have no injury I think it's better to strenghten your core. Once I'm all healed the belt will go...

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    Originally posted by ExtremeAnabolic


    No one is saying that belts PREVENT injuries. They can however reduce the chance of injury. If this were not true, why would powerlifters wear belts to help them in max efforts and competitions?
    Some people say it helps them lift more. Push there abs againsgt the belt.

    Also OSHA has have no evidence that back supports/belts prevenat injuries. I belieive they do not reqire a belt. Though that is a little differaent.

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    Originally posted by Santiago
    I'm stronger with it on, so I use it. Notice you'll never see winning powerlifters detracting belts, only kids on the internet....
    You probably have a much better bench when you have a spotter too eh? Or a bench shirt? Or knee wraps on squats? Putting up bigger numbers doesn't mean it's better for you. Powerlifting isn't the only standard to adhere to. More plates on a bar doesn't necessarily mean anything. You are changing the mechanics or gaining assistance, which i don't really see it as a positive.
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    Originally posted by ElPietro


    You probably have a much better bench when you have a spotter too eh?

    My bench would probably better with a spotter, I wouldn't be chicken sh$t and do that last rep. But the fear of death is quite a motivator.

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    It's not off topic. Santiago said that a belt makes him stronger, but that has nothing to do with safety. I also said that because you can lift more weight doesn't mean it's better either. If I can lift 100lbs on my own, or 120lbs with a shirt, and I working harder? Or equally hard? Or less? Changing the mechanics doesn't mean it's necessarily good, other than in a competition where the number you put up is all that counts. That itself has no bearing on safety though, which is the original question in this overly discussed thread, that people who make them and have been here for long enough to realize the simple concept of a search engine should understand, but for some reason does not.
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    I am new to using smileys, I meant I was off topic, with my reply.

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    I got a little too ambitious with my deads and tweaked something in my lower back prior to X-mas w/o a belt.

    Recently I went out and bought a belt to just use for heavy deads, squats, and BB rows. It was certainly a help in keeping my back straight and provided abdominal support.

    I wouldn't use a belt for ALL sets, just those that are extra heavy such as when you are trying to make a progression.

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    Belts don't reduce the chance of injury, provided proper form is used with and without them. They do whoever provide an illusion of safety and therefore I believe they can INCREASE the chance of injury due to this illusion. Powerlifters use them because it's suposed to allow them to lift more, but there's no evidence at all that they contribute to safer training. If anyone has any evidence other than I injured my back without them (I injured my back with one and I don't claim they're dangerous because of this) please show it to me.
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    Originally posted by Santiago
    I'm stronger with it on, so I use it. Notice you'll never see winning powerlifters detracting belts, only kids on the internet....
    like ELP said. lifting more is not to do with safety.

    If i was competing powerlifter, i would wear a belt so i could lift more, i would wear a deadlift shoes etc, well as much as i could.

    this will not reduce the chance of injury.

    if anything as resltess mentioned. If a lifting belt does allow you to lift more weight as santiago say's, then it could increase the chance of injury as you are using more weight.
    if a belt could add eg 20 pounds on to my lift. the belt would not protect my knees, ankles etc from injury.

    competive sport is not about safety.
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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