I typically throw the belt on when I’m at 80-85% of my 1RM in my pulling movement. So when I do reverse band deads … I’ll throw it on around the 500-525 mark.
Yet, this isn’t something you should go by, you need to be comfortable. Plus, I don’t throw on the belt for back support really, I put it on for an “ab wall” if you will. Just my preference as it will probably vary.
Body IQ, one question is how big are you and how long have you been performing the deadlift? The reason being is that i did not even use a belt for the first three years of deadlifting and managed 575 raw at age 18, at 6’3 260. I think this helped me build a strong midsection. I think that a belt should be used as little as possible, however if you are going for a max, then a belt is a good idea and Landon’s percentages sound right to me.
I typically put my belt on around 70% of my max when doing a max effort pull, then work up with it from there. I like to get the feel of having it on for a few sets before I have to begin straining…just personal preference. I do, however, agree that the more you can do without it the better.
I probably start with the belt around 70% as well (on ME. Always on DE squats). Part of that is because I had never used a belt before a month or two ago and I’m really enjoying it. Maybe it’s mental, but it makes a big difference in my lifts.
I dont use a belt at all.
Ive used too and got injured in my back all the time. now I dont and hace no porblem. no belt teaches ou proper breathing under heacy loads (otherwise your midsection will be unstable)
the only time I see value in them is on max attempts which should happen rarely, every 4 weeks at least.
thats just my take.
note: not a compepetetive PL, stats 6’0, 182 lb, DL~160K, Squat 180K.