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    belt for squats/deads?

    does any one have any opionions on wearing a belt vs. no belt i've never worn one and havn't had any back issues but my coach is always on me about it. is it unsafe to squat and deadlift without one? even though it hasn't given me any issues

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    I use one but as long as you are using good form you don't need it.

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    I only use them if I'm going heavy. Less than 3 reps or something.
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    You should use one if you have a problem with your back, but you can adjust the belt to fit looser if you prefer.
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    I never worn one since I never thought I needed one until the day I needed one... now I wear one everytime I do squats and deadlifts.

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    the jury is usually split on this one. some say dont use it ,but rather perform exercises with the appropriate weight and form and that it also can "weaken" your back by taking away alot of the work. others will tell you to use it in order to prevent injury. IMO you shouldnt be dealing with weights you cant handle.

    couple of sets of 1-3 reps might be a diffirent story, where you are using it more as a safety-backup kind of thing than actual support. the way i was raised though is that the belt falls in the same category as the padding that goes around the bar and the gloves with the cut off fingers (whatever you call those things)

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    40 years old and I use one now when I do squats, bentover rows or deads.
    I don't play around when it comes to back...once it's bad thats it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by min0 lee View Post
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    Belts are a useful tool when performing maximal or sub-maximal lifts. They increase Intra-abdominal pressure to help keep the back in alignment and also offer support on hyper-extension. I wouldn't advise wearing one for every set of deads/squats, just the aforementioned two.

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    Wonder if it also helps protect you against getting a hernia also. I wear mine on heavy deads, squats, and heavy leg presses so my guts dont fly out my belly. Feels like it holds everything in there better. Maybe its the placebo effect. I really dont know.
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    i never wear one.. even on ME days. buncha pussies
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentbob187 View Post
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    Never used one but they seem to be popular in my gym. I've contemplated getting one but haven't pulled the trigger yet. I'll be following this post to read everyones opinions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihateschoolmt View Post
    as long as you are using good form you don't need it.
    If we are going along those lines, all those professional strength athletes, bodybuilders, and olympic lifters just wear it to hold their pants up?

    Quote Originally Posted by joboco View Post
    You should use one if you have a problem with your back, but you can adjust the belt to fit looser if you prefer.
    I don't see how any of those statements are purposeful. An improper fitting belt is just a nuisance.

    Quote Originally Posted by Gissurjon View Post
    the jury is usually split on this one.
    Really? Who's contesting that one shouldn't wear a belt while deadlifting and squatting?
    Quote Originally Posted by Gissurjon View Post
    some say dont use it
    Who?
    Quote Originally Posted by Gissurjon View Post
    it also can "weaken" your back by taking away alot of the work.
    How does it weaken your back to any degree? The belt does not act as a substitute for supporting your body, rather, it enhances the pressure that you can create internally. One may not necessarily get stronger (one may) but it won't make one weaker.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gissurjon View Post
    others will tell you to use it in order to prevent injury.
    This is not the purpose of a belt -- what kind of injury would you be preventing, anyways?

    Quote Originally Posted by Gissurjon View Post
    couple of sets of 1-3 reps might be a diffirent story, where you are using it more as a safety-backup kind of thing than actual support.
    It's not about safety backup. It's about increasing intra-abdominal pressure.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gissurjon View Post
    the way i was raised though is that the belt falls in the same category as the padding that goes around the bar and the gloves with the cut off fingers (whatever you call those things)
    Unfortunately, you were misinformed. The belt enhances your lift, it does not take away from it to increase comfort, as the padding and the gloves do. The padding and gloves are a definite detriment to the lift. The padding makes it very difficult to place the bar in the proper place on the traps and having material between your hands and the bar (gloves) decrease one's ability to maximally squeeze the bar.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2B1 View Post
    Belts are a useful tool when performing maximal or sub-maximal lifts. They increase Intra-abdominal pressure to help keep the back in alignment and also offer support on hyper-extension. I wouldn't advise wearing one for every set of deads/squats, just the aforementioned two.
    The belt increases intra-abdominal pressure by pushing back on your belly as you push your belly out against the belt. Without a belt, it's nearly impossible to push your belly out and be able to hold it throughout the lift.

    The increased pressure aides in increasing "tightness" throughout your body as well as providing some support from your back. To reiterate, it's not the belt itself that is creating the support, it's the pressure created when you push your belly out against it. If one was to just put on a belt and not push their belly against it, the belt would just become a nuisance and probably detract from the lift.

    In regards to when to wear one, one is to wear it during the working sets of the main lifts (i.e. squat, dead, bench, olympic lifts).

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