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Belt for back exercises - Yay or Nay?

Belt for back exercises - Yay or Nay?

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2011/03/31 20:46:51 (permalink)
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Belt for back exercises - Yay or Nay?

Pretty straightforward question really. Do you wear a belt when doing back exercises?
 
I used to when I started and found them a bit uncomfortable. I have now been belt free for years and had no back problems or injuries whatsoever.  However I get people coming up to me and saying I really should wear a bit as I'm lifting weights to them which look heavy, not in weightlifting terms though!
 
Perhaps if I ever get up to really heavy weights I would consider it?
 
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    MR LIVERPOOL lol
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    Re:Belt for back exercises - Yay or Nay? 2011/03/31 20:53:53 (permalink)
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    I have used one a few times but could not get used to the feeling of it on me,
    they say its good for you and helps support your back but then they say not,
    to over use one and become dependent on it as it may waeken your core so,
    for me i can take it or leave it like your self mate
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    Re:Belt for back exercises - Yay or Nay? 2011/03/31 22:02:53 (permalink)
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    Just said it in another thread, but my answer would be no. Belts are probably the single most misused item to be found in a gym. Those people telling you to wear a belt probably have no clue what they are talking about.
     
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    Re:Belt for back exercises - Yay or Nay? 2011/03/31 22:05:14 (permalink)
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    Do I???
     
    No, haven't done for years. I find it hard to believe the poxy ones generally worn offer anything much at all. A proper PLing belt worn in the right manner I do not doubt has benefits tho.

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    Re:Belt for back exercises - Yay or Nay? 2011/04/01 06:24:18 (permalink)
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    Interesting that not a single person said they use one all the time. 
     
    Hopefully some of the PLers and strongmen will chime in soon. 

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    Re:Belt for back exercises - Yay or Nay? 2011/04/01 07:04:28 (permalink)
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    Heavy squats I wear one if I am in the leotard but not if I use the squat suit.
     
    Deadlift - sometimes but generally not, regardless of weight
     
    Bench press - never if raw but always if shirted as I use it to hold the shirt in place.
     
    Sometimes it gives you a little extra confidence, more a mental thing than a physical. I always have it with me, but generally it stays in the bag. Never say never, as now and then it does help. But to always use one would be quite wrong in my opinion.
     
     

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    Re:Belt for back exercises - Yay or Nay? 2011/04/01 07:05:00 (permalink)
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    And if you do use one, have it snug rather than tight

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    Re:Belt for back exercises - Yay or Nay? 2011/04/01 07:45:09 (permalink)
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    For upper back lifts? No
     
    For lifts that stress the lower back? Yes. I use a belt to squat and deadlift with at times.
     
    However I'll do plenty of work without a belt for both these lifts and variants. ATM 1 squat session will be beltless, 90% of the time deadlift variants such as SLDL will be beltless, most deadlift training unless I am working up to 80%ish will be beltless.
     
    As with Fat Pete I have a sung belt rather than uber tight belt.
     
    I voted 'no' as I don't use a belt for 'back' only lifts.
    post edited by iaink - 2011/04/01 07:46:16
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    Re:Belt for back exercises - Yay or Nay? 2011/04/01 22:30:35 (permalink)
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    For most it should be without a belt (I dont wear one) because you should have enough strength in your entire core to keep the trunk in a safe alignment while lifting the weights you are lifting.
     However for PL's it can be different, as fatpete and iaink have stated above and due to the nature of the activity being much heavier, more often single rep lifts, the belt acts as a pychological reminder and security for short duration activity that needs high intensity core control
     

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