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Do you use a belt?

Discussion in 'Weight Training/Bulking' started by laao, Feb 3, 2004.

  1. laao

    laao Well-Known Member

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    I have not lifted for years. In High School my coach always made us use a belt when doing squats and deadlifts. When I was reading up on the max-ot it was saying how good squats was for the lower back. does it still work the lower back with the belt on or should I not use on?
     
  2. Razor

    Razor Well-Known Member

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    Other than my clothes, the only thing I wear while doing Max-OT is a pair of weight training gloves. I'm not sure if not using a belt will be bad for me in the future, but I haven't had any short term problems.
     
  3. SCHTEEVIE

    SCHTEEVIE Well-Known Member

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    I don't use a belt either...

    but my deadlifts are not very heavy yet (I am still easing into learning to do it right), so maybe I will reconsider when they get there.
    (I'll probably need straps too since it is always my grip that tends to fail first.) :confused:

    at this point I am very strict with form when squating and deadlifting.
    but I can see how going to failure with real heavy weight means your last rep might get ugly - so that one last rep when you have bad form with no belt, something might go "pop" :p
    having said all that, a belt is only good if it is fitted right and worn tight but not too tight - I still don't know about how it should feel, so odds are I would have it set-up wrong...

    anyway, for now, no belt for me. :whistle:
     
  4. NME

    NME Well-Known Member

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    I use a belt for Deadlifts only, and I'm trying to stop doing that. My deadlifts are relatively heavy (to me) so it's still useful.

    I find it unnecessary for squats, military press, and all other exercises that I do.
     
  5. jaz75

    jaz75 Well-Known Member

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    This is just a language question - what is a deadlift?
     
  6. Banditfist

    Banditfist Well-Known Member

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  7. Nate

    Nate Well-Known Member

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    I never use a belt. I focus on strengthening my abs, lower back, and obliques. I kinda make my own belt, only it's made of muscle. ;) :bb:
     
  8. SAX

    SAX Well-Known Member

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    I only use a belt for Deadlifts over 100kg.
    And only use straps for anything over 140kg.
    No belt for Squats, or Bench Press.
    I'm working on bulding my own belt of muscles, but it is a few more months off yet :tu:
     
  9. map200uk

    map200uk Well-Known Member

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    Whether i use my belt depends on the weight, i usually use it for heavy deads and heavy squats, just to provide that bit of extra support,

    Mark
     

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