I'm sure this has been asked but what do you think about using them while training? A guy I know at my gym never uses them unless he is doing a lot more than his training weight and/or is competing which is very infrequent for him. He feels they are a crutch. Currently, I use it for squats and DLs exclusively. Should I try to work it out and if so will it help strengthen other parts of my body, i.e. abs?
Lately, I've noticed me tightening the belt less and less because I'm teaching myself to keep my back arched even without it.
What do you think?
You should not be using a weight belt under any circumstances except for pre-existing injury recovery or max weight attempts (and even this is debatable regarding training). Of course, practicing using gear for competition is a different story completely.
i use one, not because I have the wrong form or anything, but just because accidents do happen and I dont want to hurt myself.
You're setting yourself up for injury in weightlifting and everyday life if you over use a weight belt.Originally Posted by hoser813
Originally Posted by MixmasterNash
That's what this guy said. He said what if I go help my buddy move his bed and go to bend over and lift and mess it all up.
Ok, so the belt will get a rest, I'll work on form and strengthening w/o the crutch.
i use one whenever i squat & deadlift.. and for heavy standing shoulder pressing.
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I agree they are a crutch. I gather once you start using one in normal training, and go up in weights for the likes of DLs, you'll always need one. You'll be strong enough to lift big, without the back to allow you to use that strength, and probably lift something heavy without a belt and injure it.
I've never thought of using one. I'd rather train my lower back.
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