I’ve been bulking recently, and my numbers have been going up and up ever since. However, now that the amount of weight I’m beginning to move is up there, some people at my gym tell me I should wear a belt. Personally, the only thing I bring to the gym is a pair of gloves.
I never liked using belts, or straps, or any other workout peripheral that may take away from my workout, because if I need assistance to lift the weight, then I’m not convinced that I’ve really mastered that weight. If it makes it easier for me, I don’t like it.
Also, relying on things like belts will create muscular imbalances and only weaken your core in the long run, because you have that belt fulfilling the role your core should be playing.
I’ve always figured that as long as I keep my core tight, straight, and flexed, I should be ok. What do you think? Do you use a belt for your squats/deadlifts? Should I be using them anyway, just to be on the safe side?
As always, thanks guys.