When performing your heaviest deadlifts or squats, you want to make sure your lower back is protected. This is why investing in a quality lifting belt should be on the top of your list, if you aim to give your best with every lift.
Today’s belts are made from a wide variety of materials - from neoprene to leather and nylon and can have different types of buckles - from velcro to double pin and quick-release buckles, you will certainly be able to find one that fits your shape and provides all the support you need.
If you need a bit more convincing, let’s look at some of the pros of wearing a lifting belt.
Having proper support will provide more stability to your core muscles and you will thus have more strength to perform, getting you to your goals faster. A quality belt will also be there to prevent any injuries that might otherwise occur. The general rule of thumb is - the tighter the belt, the more support it will provide, but bear in mind that you shouldn’t tighten it too much.
Another thing you need to remember is that you don’t need a belt to support every single one of your lifts, but you definitely need one if you are going after a personal record.
Lifting belts are no longer reserved for powerlifters and strongmen alone - they have evolved from the simple leather harnesses they were back in the 1800s, to the complex pieces of engineering they are today. Sported by both Arnold and Coleman, and used throughout the age of the modern Olympics, belts have slowly conquered gyms worldwide, and are now used by pros and amateurs alike. We hope you find one just for you!
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