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Belt Squat Machine


#1

Good evening, CT,

Wondering if you have any experience working with a Belt Squat machine, specifically the Westside model, the Elite FTS model, or Matt Wenning’s model, and if you feel belt-squatting is beneficial for leg strength, given the reduced spinal load. Do you think these machines have carryover to the barbell squat?

Thanks.


#2

I love them. The pit shark is also good. The Elite FTS model is awesome. Great way to train the squat pattern while deloading the back (actually decompresses the spine).


#3

Go to ironmind-store.com and get their super squats hip belt. It attaches to the bar front and rear. I straddle a smith machine and squat. Saves your spine and I get a great quad workout.


#4

Could you use a good dip belt around waist and do this while standing on two boxes?

my dip belt can hold 6 plates + comfortably


#5

I’ve done it, but at one point setting up becomes too much of a hassle to be worth the benefits IMHO. PERSONALLY anything that requires a lot of effort outside of the actual set really turns me off and can make me lose focus. Which is why I don’t often use dumbbells although they are a great tool.


#6

Gotcha - and probably why also you don’t like weigthed calisthenics (huge hassle putting load on etc.) vs. loading up a barbell

Happy new yrs coach


#7

Right… same thing with the leg press… even rings in a Crossfit gyms since they are always set up too high