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Hip Belts


#1

any one use an "hip belt" to squat with if so what are your thoughts, I have a ruptured L5 disc so no bar on shoulders, was thinking about buying a leg press but a belt would allow me to use my oly bar.

Have a good un, cheers Spud Murphy


#2

check out the one iron mind sells, it is great and a definite life saver for me when i have a bad back.


#3

When I injured my L-5 a few years ago I bought the Iron Mind Hip Belt. It was fairly awkward at first but once I got use to balancing the bar it was pretty effective movement. I preferred using a shorter curl bar over a Olympic bar that reason.

My back is significantly better today (but not nearly 100%) so I have little difficulty back or front squatting so I only rarely will rotate hip belt squatting in when my LB needs a break however I do use my hip belt to drag a tire sled I made. But if you are unable to front or back squat pain-free then a hip belt would be a wise investment.

If you haven?t already, check out the article on T-mag on Hip Belt squatting (http://www.T-Nation.com/findArticle.do?article=201hip2) and for some more variations that minimize loading on your lower back check out Ian King?s Limping into October   and Mike Robertson?s Single Leg Supplement

#4

huge, could not agree with you more.

however, i have found that instead of using the hip belt to hold a barbell loaded with weights, it is more practical and "feels" better to simply strap /chain the weights directly to the belt, like a westside barbell "belt-squat".


#5

thanks lads for the info have ordered a belt from Ironmind via a kettlebell web site in London should be shipped over this week. Cheers Spud