So I was thinking about ways to squat for people who have unresolved spinal lumbar flexion issues and I considered the idea of a belt squat. A quick google search shows that it’s a thing, but obviously the limitations would be in the amount of plates you can load in between your legs as well as the challenges of simply getting into position.
The benefits to this variation, I think, would be obviously no spinal loading and I think the nature of the load pretty much guarantees that weight remains over the center of the foot during the lift.
Now as to the issue of plate load limitations, couldn’t you simply load up as many plates as possible, perhaps 5 and then grab a heavy dumbbell and hold it in the goblet squat position for additional load? Supposing you can fit in 5 plates on the belt and get a 120lb dumbbell, that would allow for 345lbs. Alternatively someone could perhaps hold two dumbbells at their side for even more loading. The only other thing you’d need is a solid platform to create a deficit to make room for the plates—ideally with steps to make it easier to load up.
Anyways I’m curious about your thoughts or if anyone has put this theory into practice before. Cheers.