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Carries and Belts


#1

Do you use belts when doing carries for a minute or more? It is easier to stabilize with a belt but I imagine it could be difficult to breathe sufficiently. I have also seen strongman wear wide "back support" belts from rehband or similiar ones. Is this something to consider? I own an Inzer lever belt. Right now the only carry I practiced was for short distance with a 60kg boxing sack but the weight was so light that a belt made no difference.


#2

For a front carry, I don’t wear a belt. It just gets in the way. For a yoke or farmer’s though, absolutely wear a belt.

The lever belt is great because you can quickly strip it if you’re doing some sort of carry medley. You’ll note me employing that technique in this video, when I transition from yoke to sandbag carry


#3

[quote]T3hPwnisher wrote:
For a front carry, I don’t wear a belt. It just gets in the way. For a yoke or farmer’s though, absolutely wear a belt.

The lever belt is great because you can quickly strip it if you’re doing some sort of carry medley. You’ll note me employing that technique in this video, when I transition from yoke to sandbag carry

Thanks for the video it gave me some insight in how to carry a sandbag. When carrying the sack do you concentrate on pushing your abs out like you would when bracing for a powerlift (without the breathing aspect) or do you just run with it and try to stay in position without thinking about bracing?


#4

I don’t try to brace like I would a deadlift, but I do employ short choppy breaths so that I can keep my abs tight while still allowing my hips to move freely. The higher up you can get the sandbag, the freer your legs are, but it also means it’s crushing your lungs, so it’s a balancing act.


#5

[quote]T3hPwnisher wrote:
I don’t try to brace like I would a deadlift, but I do employ short choppy breaths so that I can keep my abs tight while still allowing my hips to move freely. The higher up you can get the sandbag, the freer your legs are, but it also means it’s crushing your lungs, so it’s a balancing act.[/quote]

THIS.