Once again, the belt issue. Me and another friend have had a three day long argument on this.
Me: Belt helps you lift more, and doesn't help strengthen your back.
Friend 1: Belt protects you from back injury.
My Response: If you have good form, you don't need to wear a belt. It also strengthens your core, allowing you to lift more.
So who is right here? Me? Him? or both of us?
Search for "belt" on the search function and you'll probably find something to help you settle it.
Somebody correct me if I'm wrong but it seems that using the belt would keep your abs and lower back from getting stronger, therefore having it fall behind your legs if you're squatting. Not good imo. Maybe ok on a max out but that's it.
Weight:~160 @ 13-15 bf%?....starting figure after nearly a year of battling CFS/mono...so not too bad imo.
Don't know anymore..don't care atm.
No belt makes you not need to depend on a belt.
Belts have a place in training, guys. Everybody seems to think that if you wear a belt you never train your core...
Fuck, fight, or hold the light.
I know your core gets trained with a belt, but I think the belt hold my core back from getting the full training.
Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
A belt has actually helped me out cause it helped me learn to push my stomach upped my 5RM on squat by 10 pounds on my last set of 5x5 after bein stuck on 225 for so long. Used a belt one week and then bam it went up. And I would never DL without it.
Wearing a belt does not preclude developing strong abs.
A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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I love my belt. Makes me look like a badass.
No HB, thats why you've been getting smaller, because you use that damn belt. Haha. Just kidding.
Big lifts for a little fella though.
As far as belts, it's pretty ignorant to be completely one-sided on the issue. They have their purpose. Should you use them all the time? No.
Should you avoid them at all costs? No.
Personally, the only time I would ever use one is on 1RM attempts or maybe even 2-3 rep sets with really heavy weight. Otherwise, I go completely raw.
Forever Goal: Strength
Weightlifting sucks. I just like to lift heavy things.