So now that I’m starting to do some more heavy lifts, I started using a belt that someone gave me a really long time ago. I’m not sure what kind it is, but its prob a 10mm and its a straight style heavy duty powerlifting belt. I like the feel of a tapered belt better though, as I feel I can get it tighter and it’s not as bulky.
I bought a betterbodies traditional leather tapered bodybuilding style belt and feel like i might have wasted my money since i already have the heavy duty one… is tapered out? it seems everyonewhere i read everyones using the straight style… personally i like the feel of the tapered better… any help would be very appreciated! thanks!
by the way i use it mainly for deadlifts, barbell rows, squats, and chest and shoulder work (occasionally)… [/quote]
If you are using the belt for some extra core tension on the ‘hernia prone’ lifts than I don’t see a problem using either or. Use the one that is more comfortable unless you notice a major difference in performance. I really don’t know how much powerlifting differs from bodybuilding when it comes to using a belt but I can’t imagine there’d be a problem using the less heavy duty belt for a traditional BB workout.
One of the advantages I see with the straight belt is that it doesn’t have the limitations of the belt holes. (I don’t know what it’s called) The locking system on the straight belts seem to be able to accomodate a wider range of waist sizes, providing a more custom fit. I’ve never used a straight belt so I don’t know how big of a deal that is.