Experiment with different heights. I’ve only recently found I do better with a higher belt for deadlifts than for squats. For squats I wear the belt low, tilting down slightly at the front. Belly button is covered, but closer to the top edge than the bottom. Belt touches my hip ridge, but for DL my ribcage. [/quote]
Do you squeeze your abs or squeeze and push out? I hear different views from different people. Mark rippetoe says push your abdominals out into the belt but on a lot of powerlifting sites people say squeeze and hold as that is a stronger contraction than pushing them out.
Why does everyone have such varying views. It is difficult as hell for a beginner like information overload on every small thing.[/quote]
I push my abs out as I breathe in because I inhale by expanding my diaphragm. When I’ve got as big a bellyful of air as I can then I squeeze my midsection as hard as possible, but once I squeeze I don’t push against the belt, just squeeze down on the air. Lats get tight too, for deadlift. Then I start moving.
I know, there’s a heap of information out there and it can be confusing. You’ll eventually figure out the good from the bad. I think the varying views come from some some people basing their take on just their own experiences. What works for one won’t necessarily work for another.