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2005/08/01 14:57:43 (permalink)
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What exercises are weight belts for?

I know they're advised for squats, but what about other exercises such as deadlifts & SLDLs?

Thanks in advance for any info!
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    Little A
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    RE: What exercises are weight belts for? 2005/08/01 17:08:41 (permalink)
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    Depends who you are and who you ask. I dont use one for anything, some people put it on to walk to the gym and take it off when they get home. Most people lie somewhere inbetween. If your doing an exercise and wearing a belt helps you do it better wear one, if your happier not doing then dont.

    Sorry its a bit vague, but a lot of what you learn you have to learn from experience, trial and error and all that
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    RE: What exercises are weight belts for? 2005/08/01 17:30:56 (permalink)
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    If you're asking that question you're a beginner. This means you shoudln't even own a weight belt.
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    RE: What exercises are weight belts for? 2005/08/01 17:46:31 (permalink)
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    If you're asking that question you're a beginner. This means you shoudln't even own a weight belt.
    This is quite rude. He simply asked a question. So, an1mal, when should one wear a belt?


    Depends who you are and who you ask. I dont use one for anything, some people put it on to walk to the gym and take it off when they get home. Most people lie somewhere inbetween. If your doing an exercise and wearing a belt helps you do it better wear one, if your happier not doing then dont.
    Well stated, Little A.

    Let it sink.... I can swim.
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    RE: What exercises are weight belts for? 2005/08/01 17:49:51 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: an1mal111

    If you're asking that question you're a beginner. This means you shoudln't even own a weight belt.


    No, it means I've never used a weight belt before. I therefore have no idea how it would affect certain areas of my body once worn.
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    RE: What exercises are weight belts for? 2005/08/01 17:51:40 (permalink)
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    You should wear a belt when you want to lift more than you can raw or pretend you're stronger than you really are. I wear a belt for comp. style squatting, sometimes for heavy GM's and nearly always for upwards of 90%1RM when pulling.. BUT, a guy in his position clearly does not need a belt. There was no malice intended in my above post, just the facts, stated plainly with no BS clouding the issue.
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    RE: What exercises are weight belts for? 2005/08/01 17:54:27 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: groovemeister

    ORIGINAL: an1mal111

    If you're asking that question you're a beginner. This means you shoudln't even own a weight belt.


    No, it means I've never used a weight belt before. I therefore have no idea how it would affect certain areas of my body once worn.

    The effect it has is twofold:

    1. Increases IAP/ITP (Intra-abdominal/thoraic-pressure) to make your 'core' (generally) more stable.
    2. Boosts confidence.

    The latter being the main reason most people use a belt, weather they admit it or not. Wearing a belt is fine for heavy lifts, but never, ever let it compensate for poor form or injury, or you'll likely end up badly hurt.
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    RE: What exercises are weight belts for? 2005/08/01 17:55:03 (permalink)
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    There was no malice intended in my above post, just the facts, stated plainly with no BS clouding the issue.
    I can appreciate that there was no malice intended. You are new to the forum so you probably do not know how things work here, so I will give you the benefit of the doubt. Keep the posts polite and constructive.

    Let it sink.... I can swim.
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    RE: What exercises are weight belts for? 2005/08/01 17:57:32 (permalink)
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    No problems.
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    RE: What exercises are weight belts for? 2005/08/01 19:01:21 (permalink)
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    I was under the belief that it restricted your movement whilst squatting, and therefore making sure you don't strain too much.

    I also need one to attatch weights to for dips and pull ups anyway. BTW, I definately wouldn't want one for confidence. I think people look daft in them - myself included - but if you require it for certain exercises, you have to have it. My basic question was what would it be used for bar squatting, if anything?
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    RE: What exercises are weight belts for? 2005/08/01 19:25:10 (permalink)
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    Anything requiring IAP. In theory.
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    RE: What exercises are weight belts for? 2005/08/01 19:56:00 (permalink)
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    As a rule of thumb for myself I use when squatting, deadlifting or benching around 85-90% or more of my 1 rep max. I've injured my back on several occasions and like the core stability I get from a good belt.
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