[quote]that new guy wrote:
Hi everyone, I just started weight lifting hoping to pack some meat onto my body. Currently I am following Nate Green’s Built for Show routines, which in my current phase calls for 4 reps of chin/pull ups.
To archive that kind of low rep, I will need to add extra resistance with a dip belt. Which got me thinking… The dip belt is pulling down on my hip, wouldn’t there be a risk for spine-to-hip separation?
Has anyone seen/have something is like a vest you wear, and have a chain hanging off that. So weight is pulling on the upper body instead of the hip?[/quote]
A dip belt is a belt only in the fact it goes around your waist - it doesn’t fit snugly, and most I’ve seen aren’t even adjustable. It fits very very loosely, but the center (by your crotch, basically) is where the weight hangs from. Since its hanging from there, the belt stays snug because the back is so broad.
Basically, the weight isn’t pulling down on your hips/separating you Mortal Kombat fatality style. Its evenly distributed and you should be more afraid of (like BONEZ said) the chain pinching your nutsack.
Try a dip belt on, its an awesome investment (most I’ve seen is like $40). Things will make way more sense.