I feel silly asking this question because of how long I've already been in the iron sport. I'm a bodybulder, not a powerlifter, so I hope comments and answers won't conflict with the question I ask.
I've seen pics of members here who use lifting belts while deadlifting. Doesn't this defeat the purpose?? How can someone work and strengthen the lower back while deadlifting if the belt is aiding in the lift?
I have NEVER used a belt while doing ALL working sets for my deadlifts. I only use a belt for my last 2 sets on HEAVY barbell rows (because of the continuous bent-over position) and for shoulder presses with dumbells (to help stabilize my body).
I'm not looking to compete in any powerlifting show or attempt any 1rep maxes, just want to continuously progress, grow, and strengthen my back with no hiccups. I'm not looking for advice here, or change my workout program. This is just a question out of curiousity.