What exercise to wear a lifting belt?

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  1. 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!

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  2. Quote Originally Posted by EasyEJL View Post
    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.
    Same here ... though I put it on for Deads at around 250 also.

    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.
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  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.
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  6. Heavy Squats, Deads, Shoulder Press and Push Press.

  7. 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?

  8. 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..

  9. Quote Originally Posted by gaijininjapan View Post
    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?
    You kinda overthought your statement. Heavy is relative to the person and should be used at >85% 1RM regardless of the raw weight.
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  10. Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    You kinda overthought your statement. Heavy is relative to the person and should be used at >85% 1RM regardless of the raw weight.
    Well, what I meant was, would you really recommend using a belt if an average person say... 165lb, 5'9", 18%bf... could only lift 165 for a 1RM? When suggesting that using a weight belt for lifting "heavy," one should really clarify what "heavy" is, in relative terms. Personally, I don't think anyone who can't do a minimum of 8reps @ 1.25bw (for squats/DL) should ever use a weight belt for those lifts. Nor should they be trying for their 1RM. But that's just me. I'd like to try using a weight belt to see if I can hit 2x bw on my squats. Now that would be awsome.

  11. Quote Originally Posted by gaijininjapan View Post
    Well, what I meant was, would you really recommend using a belt if an average person say... 165lb, 5'9", 18%bf... could only lift 165 for a 1RM? When suggesting that using a weight belt for lifting "heavy," one should really clarify what "heavy" is, in relative terms. Personally, I don't think anyone who can't do a minimum of 8reps @ 1.25bw (for squats/DL) should ever use a weight belt for those lifts. Nor should they be trying for their 1RM. But that's just me. I'd like to try using a weight belt to see if I can hit 2x bw on my squats. Now that would be awsome.
    This is too extreme, but I agree with the general thought. Working on your 1RM even if it's low is not problematic. I do see a problem though if you're wearing a belt for squats and your 1RM is sub 200, and that is about your body weight. At the end of the day the weight belt is only going to help you lift, not do the lifting for you, and you'll need the core strength to move heavier weight (we can safely assume you wish to move more weight at some point in time). Thus, train without a belt until you start reaching supra BW lifts to develop that core strength, and only when you're lifting somewhat heavy in an absolute sense use a belt (be it for 1 rep or 20 reps).

    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.
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