Thread: Weight Belt
05-03-2005, 02:24 AM #1Junior Member
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What is a weight belt supposed to do when squatting or deadlifting?
05-03-2005, 03:42 AM #2
Lower back support when using max poundages
05-03-2005, 07:32 AM #3
takes pressure off lower back.
dont use belts, only makes lower back weaker
05-03-2005, 09:35 AM #4
stabilizes your spine from the inside by applying pressure from all around and using the air in ur lungs as an internal brace or something like that... i was informed by some big guy... but yeah the pressure hinders the growth of your spinal erectus and makes you WEAK
05-03-2005, 09:36 AM #5Anabolic Member
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Okay here is the skinny on belts. Personally I would wear one when doing certain lifts heavy. My reasoning is I care more about preventing injury than having to use all the other muscles involved put to work. In another words the good outweighs the bad imo. Belts do help support the lumbar area(lower back) Basically how they work and function is it gives allows the abdominal muscles to push against a resistance(the belt), therefor it has to be snug/tight not loose. When you squat it raises the intra abdominal pressure. This higher pressure supports the lumbar vertabrae. When you support the vertabrae you minimize flexion thus keeping a more natural postural alignment. Only needed for back exercises that are heavy. Show me a powerlifter who DOES NOT wear a belt. Remember belts are not going to prevent injury but only assists in the minimizing the possibilty. Your proper body alignment and form as well as overall condioning is what prevents injury. And yes, I do wear a belt.
05-03-2005, 09:37 AM #6Originally Posted by bluethunder
05-03-2005, 09:39 AM #7Originally Posted by bluethunder
05-03-2005, 09:40 AM #8
I read an interesting article which suggested that belts may actually cause damage by putting the spine under pressure on heavy lifts. I will try and find it and post it. I dont wear one.
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