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Weightlifting Belt


#1

Iam planning on focusing my workouts around compound lifting. Will a belt be beneficial and will it help prevent lower back injury or injury in general. Im more worried about my lower back from deadlifts. When I deadlift I feel like my lower back is going to give out.


#2

A belt is used for bracing your core. When you lift, take in as much air as possible and push out against the belt. It’s primarily use isn’t back support.


#3

What he means here is that the belt won’t directly just support your back; however, it can prevent back injury if your core is a limiting factor in order to maintain strict form (it often is when working with heavier/maximal weights, which is why competitive lifters warm-up beltless but eventually strap it up for their heavier sets).

Still, lifters can grow a dependency on the belt, especially if implementing it early in their lifting careers. If your low back feels vulnerable while deadlifting, it’s more likely improper form/weakness somewhere. The belt will likely just mask a weakness that you need to fix. I recommend not using a belt at all until 3+ plates feels comfortable on your back with good form and 2x BW feels good off the floor beltless. If you can get to that point, you at least have a moderate foundation of core strength.

Another thing to consider is if you are trying to focus on building strength or bodybuilding. If you are bodybuilding then a belt can be a useful tool with lower weights because it allows you to focus on the muscles you are targeting when squatting/deadlifting while not having to be limited by core strength.

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#4

Ur the man