I am not really a beginner but guess this is probably the best place to post this.
I am training weights in order to put on weight and improve my strength for BJJ and MMA. I am currently following a slight modification of WS4SB.
I am currently working low rep high (for me) weight deadlifts for a few weeks. When I deadlift, I have never used a belt as I don’t want to have a weak zone in my back when I am fighting (obviously I don’t wear a belt to fight)
On Saturday I strained something in my lower back deadlifting. The root cause for the injury was my ego. I was doing a 5 rep set. On the 3rd rep I felt my lower back round and lost my form. Instead of resetting properly and completing the set with correct form, I lifted through it and felt a small pop in my lower back. Currently taking NSAIDs, resting it and alternating heat and ice.
My question comes from the fact that everyone I have spoken to since hurting myself has asked if I was wearing a belt. None of them are really people I would go to for advice on lifting however it does start to make you question your own assumptions.
So what says the T-Nation Populace on the matter?
Belt or no-belt for Deadlifts? (remember I have no plans to compete in Powerlifting so I actually don’t care too much about the max numbers I lift. I just want to gain strength and size as safely as possible.