i get ZERO extra weight with a belt.
I have built up my deadlift from 40kg to 160-170kg without needing one. I do it in bare feet, no belt - just straps.
I think as a BB NOONE needs to go over 4 plates for reps on the DL and squat nor more than 3 plates on the BB Bench press for reps…
And it is above those weights that the PL equipment comes into itas own.
PL equipment is there to MAKE A LIFT EASIER… Bench shirts, wraps and straps etc…that isnt what BB is about at all.
I use the straps to make the lift easier on my grip so my back can be overloaded…
The belt is there to push your abdomen against to get a large amount of pressure in the trunk to stabilize the spine, this is necessary when straining, a BB wouldnt be satrining on the first lift like this - if they were training max strength then that is a different matter of course!
In sub max work, the TVA should be doing the work that a PL relies on a belt to help with.
The belt helps someone keep tight to avoid injury, being injured isn’t terribly anabolic.
Why don’t you think bodybuilders need strength, I’m sure someone would be able to stimulate hypertrophy better if they are able to do reps with 5 plates on the deadlift rather than 4 plates. It seems like most successful bodybuilders have focused on getting strong (not necessarily for a single)
Sergio Oliva, Arnold, Ronnie Coleman, Dorian Yates etc. [/quote]
Sorry, i didnt mean low reps… hgh reps with that weight - i guess the 1RM would be nearer 6 plates.
Please dont use Coleman as an example in relation to ANYONE else on the planet!