so i’m just getting into olympic lifting, and I’m trying to figure out if and how often to use a belt.
i don’t use a belt on squat or deadlifts unless im going above 85% max effort, and i definitely dont use it for any other lifts or the power variations of the olympic lifts.
i feel like my lower back and abs are a lot better for it. what do you guys recommend when it comes to olympic lifting? [/quote]
I don’t know what I would recommend, but I can tell you that I don’t use a belt for OL. I do my OH squats, OH shrugs, hang cleans, powersnatch, and hang snatch all without one. I haven’t had any back problems from it either, if anything, my back has gotten stronger. I also do other exercise to strenghten my back, like rows, deads, pulls, GH raise, goodmornings… So I have a strong back to begin with.