Sup guys, i keep hearing differing opinions on the use of a belt for going heavy on squats and deadlifts. I've never used a belt in training and just pulled 550 from the floor with pretty decent speed. Havn't done a regular full squat in awhile but have box squatted 465. I only post these numbers to make the point that am i going heavy enough at this point in my training career to require a belt?
I know that the main benfit of usng a belt would be to consciously enforce pushing my abdominals against it to reinforce a stable core, but i feel like I'm doing that without the belt anyway. Is the belt necessary and beneficial (safety and performance wise) or should I continue on without it? any help is appreciated.