No once I tightened it I had no problems. I like it so Ill stick with it for now
Yeah they need to break in. I use one on anything where I'm bent over with weight. That said don't rely on it as you need to strengthen that area as much as you can as you continue to increase your lifts. I don't use it until I get to my last 2 heavy sets or if I'm doing 5 reps or less.
I use a weight belt for deads, bench, and heavy over head barbell press and thats pretty much it
my answer before was comedy, and I forgot to add the serious answer. I only wear a belt on squats and deads, and even for those only if i'm over 250lbs on squat, or over 300 on deads. I sometimes put it on for bent over rows, more to remind me of form though than for support.
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I would never use it. Only for maxing I'd think about it.
Bench - 355
Squat - 405
Deadlift - 600
Yeah...Ultimately thats all I will be using it for. But Im wearing it during most my sqauts and towards the end of my deads...Gotta break that shiot in!
I don't wear it for bent over rows - maybe I should. I was hefting a 150 DB on rows with my left arm last week - and actually pulled a muscle in my RIGHT rib cage. Felt like I had broken a rib for a moment. I can still feel it a bit this week but I lowered the weight to 130 and increased reps today to keep it safe from further damage.
I was just looking into getting a belt, I found a good deal on one that I like. I will only be using it for squats and deads.
I've never used a belt before, and maybe I should try it but... I always thought that using a belt for squats or DL was only when you're getting close to 1.80x~2x body weight... I was able to do 3x5 of 130kg squats and 1x5 135kg Deads w/o a belt, and didn't feel that one was really necessary. I can see how a belt would be beneficial as a confidence builder or to correct form, but seems like it would become more of a handicap if used past that on weights around 1.5x bodyweight.
I almost feel like un-recommending the belt for bb rows. Part of the motion requires you to bring the bar in to your belly, and if you're wearing a belt it's going to get in the way of that crucial 2 inches. I sometimes have worn the gym-provided belts (they're paper thin) when I've done bent over rows after deadlifting, but I wouldn't do it really.
But yeah, I use mine for squats and for standing military presses.
Heavy Squats, Deads, Shoulder Press and Push Press.
Heavy is relative. What is heavy?
If a paltry 135lb squat is "heavy," should one use a belt? I'm sure most would agree that a belt is not needed at 135lb for the average male. So, when, as a percentage of bw, or static wt, would one recommend using a belt?
I wouldn't use belt in any exercise if not really needed.. Deadlifts and squats are that kind of exercises that I could consider using belt.. And only at 1 rep max tests, not before I can do reps with +400lbs in deadlift and +300lbs in squat without belt..
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I also never use a belt for deadlifting or rack pulling, but perhaps that's just a personal preference. I do have to bend forward a lot more than most people when I squat so I guess I dont use a belt for pulling to further develop my lower back.