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    how many of you guys where a weightlifting belt.......back question

    I hurt my back in sept and its never been the same
    MID BACK
    now i'm seeing a chiropractor and i'm feeling better

    so i guess i have 2 questions
    will a belt help me with middle of the back pain
    is there an excercise that will strengthen the middle of the back

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    I would do rows, what kind of injury is this, spine, muscle, etc?
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    according to my chiropractor its muscle, so i'm going for a little rub down by her for the next couple of weeks
    injured doing flys
    backed locked couldn't move, on vacation in Punat Cana
    really sucked

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    Do light back work, if you feel discomfort take it easy.
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    Some here may disagree and say that you should never use a belt, so you build your core to be much stronger but its my personal opinion that if you hurt your back, you should go ahead and use a belt rather than risk injuring your back again and possibily more severely.


    I have a bad lower back, even though I can deadlift 2 1/2 times my bodyweight. On squats, even light around 185lbs I still tend to lean forward if I'm not careful which can lead to more lower back pain. Whenever I go heavy on deadlifts, I belt up and most of the time when I squat unless its light, I belt up.
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    Where != Wear.

    I don't wear one, never have.
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    I read somewere that there is no need, that its more of a mental safety then actually doing anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XxH0LyWaRsxX
    I read somewere that there is no need, that its more of a mental safety then actually doing anything.

    It definately helps. It keeps you from arching your lower back which could lead to extreme pain.


    Try pulling 400lbs deadlifting when you weigh 150-160lbs. Without a belt I feel like I've been bent over and raped. With a belt its no problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianack4life
    It definately helps. It keeps you from arching your lower back which could lead to extreme pain.
    Try pulling 400lbs deadlifting when you weigh 150-160lbs. Without a belt I feel like I've been bent over and raped. With a belt its no problem.
    If your back is arched, it should be in a more stable position and less prone to injury than when hunched over. Back flexion is usually what does people in - the belt adds support to your abs and stability to your core.

    Speaking to the original post, I'm assuming your injury was to your rhomboid or maybe external rotator cuff related? If that is the case, a belt probably won't do much for you. Injuring it on flyes is unusual and you probably need to focus in on your upper back work for a while (rows, bent over laterals, chins, etc.). Also, pay closer attention to your form when lifting. Lastly, a stronger core is always a good thing.

    edit: I wear a belt when I am doing heavier squats and deadlifts and sometimes rows, but that's about it.
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    I don't wear a belt, but I only weigh 145 and pull reps for like 155 right now. I'm assuming I'd use one later on.
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    I never wear a belt when I deadlift. I've never felt I've reached that level yet where I needed one. Granted I'm not at 2.5xbw but close 415 at 180

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    I don't think a belt is your answer. Working yourself slowly back into things and keeping strict form is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Hatfield
    I don't think a belt is your answer. Working yourself slowly back into things and keeping strict form is.
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    dont forget to wear your belt while benching guys, gots to get your support....
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    I read somewhere that a belt should be worn when lifting more than 85% of your 1RM.
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