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2018/02/26 09:47:00 (permalink)
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We made a belt squat.. (and I fell off)

Thought I'd try belt squats today as everybody keeps banging on about them being the best accessory for the squat.
 
Our gym doesn't have a belt squat machine, so We improvised with two boxes and a dipping belt.  We then realised that you didn't even need the boxes (and getting up onto them was a challenge), and 2 or 3 25kg bumper plates a side would be fine (depending on how low the weight is suspended).
 
At one point I lost balance and fell backward much to some amusement.
 
But overall, even with a low weight this has become my favourite accessory.  I'm going to need an extension chain to get much more than three 25kg bumpers as our gym doesn't have iron... 

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    Re: We made a belt squat.. (and I fell off) 2018/03/18 06:29:12 (permalink)
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    that's interesting mate, I never considered doing them without a proper setup or boxes, I just assumed you'd need to be higher than that.   I have the opposite problem of having no bumper plates and only iron to work with.  So more difficult to get the right height.
     
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    Re: We made a belt squat.. (and I fell off) 2018/03/25 14:24:49 (permalink)
    +1 (1)
    By the way another way to improvise one is to set up your boxes/plates in front of a cable machine, put the cable a the lowest setting and attach to the belt.  I guess there's pros and cos.  If you platform isn't very high you'll get more of a backwards pull than a downward pull and the cable machine might not have enough weight, but it eliminates any swinging.
     
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    Re: We made a belt squat.. (and I fell off) 2018/03/29 12:46:55 (permalink)
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    My new setup is placing two stacks of 3x25kg bumpers in front of a smith machine with the bar at about mid height.
    You can hold onto it and sit back without fear of toppling backward.
    Plus you can cheat when you hit failure... =D
     
    Just need ac extension for my dipping belt now, so that I can fit more than 75kg on it.  I was surprised by how little weight is required to be effective though.

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    Re: We made a belt squat.. (and I fell off) 2018/04/15 13:42:57 (permalink)
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    I saw where they put the barbell end in the corner and would attach the belt to the end not in the corner and straddle the barbell much like a T-bar and squat this way. I am going to have to try this. Traditional squats are out with my L5-S1 herniation.
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