The Use of the Weight Belt

Happy Monday!

 

I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend and one that kept you productive. Since this is the start of a new week, it means I have a new blog post for all of you. 

 

I am not sure how many of you have used a weight belt or even know when to use one, but figured I would discuss it because many people assume ONLY those that do powerlifting should use one, but honestly, weight belts can come candy for recreational lifters as well with some rules in mind. I don’t particularly use one myself, nor do I own one (They can be hefty in price) but I have used one once or twice before when I was doing internships at the University and was lifting major weights during my squats. Now I don’t lift that much during my squat to use one, but I find that once I get back up to those numbers, it might become useful for me again. This post will be short and to the point, but hopefully it will be helpful to those that have never used one or those who are unsure as to whether to purchase one. 

 

Using a Weight Belt:

 
  1. Belts should NOT be worn all the time
  2. Belts are useful for heavy loads – near max (I say for compound lifts mostly) 
  3. Support the back – can reduce injury when used correctly. 
  4. Helps increase performance for near maximal load
  5. Wearing a belt often can lead to weaker back muscles (lower back)
  6. Could inhibit abdominal muscles motor learning
  7. You DON’T want to depend on a belt for all your lifts 

Now some may agree to disagree as to whether you or I should consider wearing a belt. I have heard both answers, “yes” and “no” and that is perfectly fine. I am more concerned that you know how to use one properly and know when it is most appropriate to use one. I think the most important factor is to find one that fits your stature and works with you and not against you. If you keep some of the tips I listed above in mind, you will find your experience a much better one. For those of you interested in learning a few more things about using a weightlifting belt, I found a nifty article on https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/lessons-in-weight-belts-how-and-why-to-use-them.html that might be a fun read and give some more insight that I was unable to answer for you. As for wearing a belt, let me know your personal thoughts on it in the comment section!

 

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Your Fitness Blogger,

 

Shay-lon xxoo

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Hello! College graduate in exercise science and ACSM Certified Personal Trainer. My blog has all kinds of fun topics, something for everyone who is anyone that involves themselves with fitness. I like to think of fitness as a confidence booster, something to make us feel good and look good & pushes us to do things that make us feel more productive, unstoppable and stronger mentally and physically. My blog focuses on building people, and helping people see their true potential, while also sharing my journey with workouts, competing with powerlifting, and sharing how to's on workouts, so you step inside the gym with more knowledge. I don't know everything but I am on a voyage to build my character, my strength and work on my weaknesses --- with awesome people in my corner who support me and my goals. I plan on being your cheerleader, friend, coach and trainer all-in-one and most of all, I want to be your listener, the person who can listen and gain more knowledge about you and learn what makes fitness important to you; what's your why! (Your why will carry you to the finish line). It's important to have purpose for something, because you will need that purpose when you start to give up on yourself or want to quit. "Don't let the fire that guides you, dim" - Shay-lon Besides the fitness stuff, I reside in Ohio, love dogs and love pizza. Typical 26 year old trying to build an empire that brings out the best in others and makes me the best person I can be in all aspects in my life. Before I die, I want a reason to live, and I was given that reason each day I am able to wake up --- I have learned to not take life for granted and to explore as much as possible because to live with zero regrets would be fantastic! "I've conquered many things, but I still have much to learn about life, because nobody can know everything. & every battle is different" - Shay-lon

13 thoughts on “The Use of the Weight Belt”

      1. I have two herniated disks in my lower back. The belt looked like the right choice but it wasn´t. My core muscles were weak, and wearing a belt to help me lift more weight in some exercises was increasing the difference.
        I forgot the belt and I lifted just what my core muscles could handle and I got better 😀
        No better reason than personal experience, haha!

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    1. Yes, agreed. There is many different people with different thoughts on it, personally I don’t have one and I don’t use one, but doesn’t mean I won’t invest in one if I feel like I do need it down the road, luckily, I haven’t had a reason to use one quite yet.

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  1. for every extra extra pound you can lift while wearing a belt could be considered a deficit in your core! A friend of mine used to wear one, when i asked why he said he was ‘stronger’ when wearing one as he could squat almost 100kg with it on as opposed to around 50kg without! I consider this a MASSIVE 50% deficit in his core! It doesn’t matter how strong your arms or legs are if you can’t tie it together at the core you can’t effectively use this strength in the ‘real’ world.
    I advise only to use a belt when lifting maximal weight 1-3 rep max only and on the lifts where you will need it, squats, deadlift and overhead press. Not on biceps or machines etc as you see in many gyms!
    A strong core is natures weight belt…

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    1. Yes, agreed with this, I find that a lot of people at my gym use the weight belt for more than what I would think is necessary and I don’t bother asking why because everyone is their own person, but I always thought to myself what is the extra need of one when you are doing leg curls for example..
      I guess anymore I don’t try to dictate when others wear them because it is their body and choice but if one ask me, I give them my opinion. I just never been one to use one except for that ONE time 🙂 which it did help, won’t deny it.

      Shay-lon

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