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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-03-2007, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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Wearing a belt?

How many of you wear a belt when working out, other than for squats?

When I bought my weights the guy helping me was a high school coach who obviously lifted regularly and he recommended I get one for lower back support even though I don't do any squats. I was reading a Men's Health book today and it said wearing belt was ok if you've had a previous lower back injury, but it actually hinders muscle development and is often a misconcieved lifting aid.

I can understand that the belt can hinder some movement in certain directions while working the back, but I feel more comfortable wearing it when working most other areas like legs, butt, arms, shoulders, or when my movement allows me to wear it.

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I lifted seriously from 6th grade thru high school, and I never wore a belt unless I was doing squats... just from remembering the guys at the gym yesterday, maybe 3 were wearing belts, and 2 of those were doing squats... I think they get in way too much...




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I don't wear a belt, squats included.

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Pretty level-headed article regarding the use of weight-lifting belts.

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Pretty level-headed article regarding the use of weight-lifting belts.
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I never wear a belt, even for squats. They have their uses if you are competing in powerlifting but for everyday working out they are kind of a crutch and your midsection doesn't get as strong as it could.
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Great info. Thanks.

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i use a belt on squats... been doing it since 6th grade in PE and it just doesnt feel right if i dont do it. the few times i have done squats w.o a belt, my back gets reallyy sore but that might just be b.c my back isnt used to that much pressure on it. when your starting out, a belt gives you good form. makes your upper body want to stay upright so thats helpful as well.

as far as other lifts, i use it on military press and when i do HEAVY weight on deadlift. other than that, its not really necessary. as long as you have good form, you should not have any back discomfort on bench, curls, squats, pullups, or any other lifts with the exception of maybe some ab and back workouts and lift but that is normal.

another thing, make sure your doing some type of leg workout... squats arent totally necessary b.c they are hard on your knees but you should be doing leg extensions or leg curls or something man.
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I only use a belt for half squats when I really pile on the weight (for me anyway). But that is rare because 90% of the time I do full range of motion squats, no belt.
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belt depends on workout. maybe 20-30% of squat or deadlift workouts I'll wear a belt. They don't do a damn thing except let you handle more weight.
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another thing, make sure your doing some type of leg workout... squats arent totally necessary b.c they are hard on your knees but you should be doing leg extensions or leg curls or something man.
Oh yeah. There are several other lower leg, thigh, and glute exercises I do. I just made the decision not to do squats for the preservation of the discs in my lower back.

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post #13 of 13 (permalink) Old 01-03-2007, 09:21 PM
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I wear it only when going heavy on squats. I think that if u wear one continously it will weaken your midsection and your core, similar to an ankle brace weakens the ankle if worn for an extended period of time.......
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