I had to make this thread as soon as I got home from the gym because I am just that excited about it.
On Monday I got the retro belt that I ordered from Elitefts a couple weeks ago. I had never used a belt in my life, but I plan on entering a PL meet sometime next year, so I figured I may as well try one out. I was skeptical because I didn't quite see how they could be that much help, but I was wrong.
I am currently doing 5/3/1. I have always read mixed reviews on belts for deads, so I figured I should just wait till Saturday and use them for squats, which of course is today and wow. I put it on and put that 300 pound bar on my back for my last set (weak shit, I know) and I have never felt so stable.
42 days ago my best with 300 was 5 reps, which almost killed me, and today I got a relatively easy 9, smooth reps. I know I have gotten stronger, but not that much stronger, last week I squatted 285 for 8, which took a lot of will power.
I don't quite know how people could respond to this thread, other than ripping me apart, but I just wanted to share my excitement with people who might understand...