I have been training for quite a few years now and have decided to purchase a lifting belt as I am starting to do more maximal strength work. The lifts I would use a belt for would mainly be squat and deadlift variations including conventional deadlifts, snatch grip deadlifts, hybrid stance sumo deadlift, trap bar deadlifs, front squats and zercher squats. Throughout my training career, I have trained without a belt so I don’t know as much about different belts. Some of my PRs include a 152kg (335lb) front squat and a 210kg (466lb) deadlift. I haven’t tested my deadlift in a long time but think I can do more than that because I did a triple at 195kg on the trap bar deadlift the other day. I hope to test some of these lifts after purchasing a belt.
Would any of you have recommendations for belts? I was reading a Mark Rippetoe article saying that a different belt (one not as thick) should be used for deadlifts. Personally I would not want to buy 2 belts so a belt that would work for squats and deadlifts would be ideal.
What belts have worked well for you? Any advice is appreciated!