Why Do Weightlifters Use Belts?
So, you’re in the gym and you see heavy hitters with the squat rack stacked and pushing upwards of 100kg lifts...they all have belts on. Weight lifting belts that is!! I’m here to explain the how weightlifting belts help you get the job done and reach those PB goals.
Firstly, what is a “weight lifting belt”? Simply put it’s a heavy-duty belt that is designed to give maximum support to the lower back while lifting. They can be made of leather, neoprene or a combination of nylon synthetic fibers. The concern here shouldn’t be with what the belt is made of, as that can be personal preference but more so, making sure the belt fits correctly. To understand why the belt needs to fit correctly, we need to understand the science behind using a weightlifting belt.
A weightlifting belt has two main purposes. One being to reduces stress on the lower back while the person is lifting in an upright position, and the other being the prevention of back hyper-extension and twisting (https://www.verywellfit.com/the-proper-use-of-belts-during-weight-training-3119447). Simply through the physical sensation of a belt, it prompts you to consider your back position and maintain good posture when performing the exercise. It is through this sensation that the fit of the belt becomes important, as the belt doesn’t need to be worn too tightly for an effect but some people prefer feeling more secure while wearing a tighter belt. A belt can also help can help beginning lifters learn to squeeze their ab muscles properly and target what muscles must be activated to maintain good posture (h https://www.verywellfit.com/the-proper-use-of-belts-during-weight-training-3119447).
Secondly, how and when do you wear a weight lifting belt? As mentioned above your belt needs to be tight and fit securing around your waist between your ribs and hips (around the belly button), it must be tight to maximise the job it does!
Belts are most commonly used on two scenarios (https://www.verywellfit.com/the-proper-use-of-belts-during-weight-training-3119447):
- For maximal or submaximal lifts in exercises such as the squat or deadlift, in which the weight is supported by your back.
- For exercises which may cause your back to hyperextend, such as the clean and press, or snatches.
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Weightlifting belts are a great way to up your training game and bust through those personal bests! Always be sure to perform safe lifts when weight training and seek professional advice from your PT or coach before attempting heavy lifts.
Cheers, Hannah x