Mon, February 16th, 2004, 08:11 AM
Anyone wear weight lifting belts when they lift heavy?
Are they any good, is the support up to a good standard and is it very beneficial to my workouts?
Im not lifting heavy so im wondering if they are neccesary?
Mon, February 16th, 2004, 08:35 AM
I asked this question about 2 weeks ago and the answer most told me was that they didnt use a belt, but if your back is hurting that you need to stop so you dont pull anything.
Mon, February 16th, 2004, 08:37 AM
Most of the guys at our gym seem to wear them to look manly!
they love to flaunt thier leather!
Mon, February 16th, 2004, 09:09 AM
from my experience, and the two years i played here at notre dame, dont use a lifting belt unless you're going liek rediculously heavy-which you should not. the reason is when you use a belt, you are supporting yourself with that instead of your natural support system: your own abdominals and your lower back muscles. my advice is to NOT use one, because you need to support your own body.....you are building "core" body strength. im sure you guys have heard of "core" body strength, like training with medicine balls and stuff. well if you DONT use a belt, you work more of your body during training, even if it is just stabilizer muscles, you are getting more benfit. now when i deadlifted 600 pounds or squated 600 pounds, i used a belt. but unless you are powerlifting like i did then, you dont need one.