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What Kind of Belt?

What kind of belt should i be wearing for powerlifting? the real thick black ones or the leather ones that arent too thick??

Depending on your cash flow, you could have a different belt for every lift. I don’t think its’ necessary, then again I’m not an elite level lifter.

These are good belts
http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?cid=299

as well as these
http://www.inzernet.com/search_results_belts.asp?txtsearchParamTxt=&txtsearchParamCat=8&txtsearchParamType=ALL&txtsearchParamMan=ALL&txtsearchParamVen=ALL&txtFromSearch=fromSearch&iLevel=1

Whatever kind you get, make sure it’s legal in your federation if you plan to compete.

I have a 10mm inzer lever belt for squats and deads and a 2" titan lever for benching.

[quote]Gunit12 wrote:
What kind of belt should i be wearing for powerlifting? the real thick black ones or the leather ones that arent too thick??[/quote]

Sounds to me like you are asking about real powerbelts vs piece of shit belts from wal-mart. Go with a real power belt. Just check thickness against where you are going to compete, if you are.

http://www.inzernet.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=beltpowersurge is this one okay for squats n deads or no?

[quote]Gunit12 wrote:
http://www.inzernet.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=beltpowersurge is this one okay for squats n deads or no?[/quote]

I would not buy or use that … maybe for dragging a sled or tire.

Are you on a tight budget? This is going to be something you will want to save up for that will last [virtually] forever.

[quote]Gunit12 wrote:
http://www.inzernet.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=beltpowersurge is this one okay for squats n deads or no?[/quote]

Sure, but it’s not legal in USAPL.

[quote]TheDudeAbides wrote:
Gunit12 wrote:
http://www.inzernet.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=beltpowersurge is this one okay for squats n deads or no?

I would not buy or use that … maybe for dragging a sled or tire.

Are you on a tight budget? This is going to be something you will want to save up for that will last [virtually] forever.[/quote]

I’ve read about people getting hernias from those kind of belts because they are narrow in the front and let your belly “pop” out of the belt on the top or bottom. Get a 4" belt they keep you soild from the ribs to the hips. 13mm will take forever to conform to your body. I wear mine several times per week and 3 years later it is like brand new. A 10mm may conform better but still takes awile and will last forever plus you save $15. either belt is legal in nearly all feds.

Remember, you buy cheap, you’ll buy twice. oh, and the sizing is from the buckle at the roller to the middle hole of the belts. buy a size bigger so you’ll have room to grow. You can always since belt tighter but it’s only so long. I ned to buy a large size belt because I’ve outgrown mine. (It’s a Inzer forever belt 13mm in a size medium 33-35") hell I may consider selling mine to someone.

Is there any belts wider than 4"?

[quote]djrobins wrote:
Is there any belts wider than 4"?[/quote]

http://www.bobsbelts.com/belts.htm

“the beast”

[quote]StrengthDawg wrote:
TheDudeAbides wrote:
Gunit12 wrote:
http://www.inzernet.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=beltpowersurge is this one okay for squats n deads or no?

I would not buy or use that … maybe for dragging a sled or tire.

Are you on a tight budget? This is going to be something you will want to save up for that will last [virtually] forever.

I’ve read about people getting hernias from those kind of belts because they are narrow in the front and let your belly “pop” out of the belt on the top or bottom. Get a 4" belt they keep you soild from the ribs to the hips. 13mm will take forever to conform to your body. I wear mine several times per week and 3 years later it is like brand new. A 10mm may conform better but still takes awile and will last forever plus you save $15. either belt is legal in nearly all feds.

Remember, you buy cheap, you’ll buy twice. oh, and the sizing is from the buckle at the roller to the middle hole of the belts. buy a size bigger so you’ll have room to grow. You can always since belt tighter but it’s only so long. I ned to buy a large size belt because I’ve outgrown mine. (It’s a Inzer forever belt 13mm in a size medium 33-35") hell I may consider selling mine to someone. [/quote]

I don’t use a belt to deadlift, but it was my understanding that a tapered front is the most comfortable … no?

[quote]TheDudeAbides wrote:
StrengthDawg wrote:
TheDudeAbides wrote:
Gunit12 wrote:
http://www.inzernet.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=beltpowersurge is this one okay for squats n deads or no?

I would not buy or use that … maybe for dragging a sled or tire.

Are you on a tight budget? This is going to be something you will want to save up for that will last [virtually] forever.

I’ve read about people getting hernias from those kind of belts because they are narrow in the front and let your belly “pop” out of the belt on the top or bottom. Get a 4" belt they keep you soild from the ribs to the hips. 13mm will take forever to conform to your body. I wear mine several times per week and 3 years later it is like brand new. A 10mm may conform better but still takes awile and will last forever plus you save $15. either belt is legal in nearly all feds.

Remember, you buy cheap, you’ll buy twice. oh, and the sizing is from the buckle at the roller to the middle hole of the belts. buy a size bigger so you’ll have room to grow. You can always since belt tighter but it’s only so long. I ned to buy a large size belt because I’ve outgrown mine. (It’s a Inzer forever belt 13mm in a size medium 33-35") hell I may consider selling mine to someone.

I don’t use a belt to deadlift, but it was my understanding that a tapered front is the most comfortable … no?[/quote]

I never use a tapered front belt to deadlift, even if I have a tapered belt, I put it on backwards to have more surface area to push against.

[quote]pushmepullme wrote:
TheDudeAbides wrote:
StrengthDawg wrote:
TheDudeAbides wrote:
Gunit12 wrote:
http://www.inzernet.com/detail.asp?PRODUCT_ID=beltpowersurge is this one okay for squats n deads or no?

I would not buy or use that … maybe for dragging a sled or tire.

Are you on a tight budget? This is going to be something you will want to save up for that will last [virtually] forever.

I’ve read about people getting hernias from those kind of belts because they are narrow in the front and let your belly “pop” out of the belt on the top or bottom. Get a 4" belt they keep you soild from the ribs to the hips. 13mm will take forever to conform to your body. I wear mine several times per week and 3 years later it is like brand new. A 10mm may conform better but still takes awile and will last forever plus you save $15. either belt is legal in nearly all feds.

Remember, you buy cheap, you’ll buy twice. oh, and the sizing is from the buckle at the roller to the middle hole of the belts. buy a size bigger so you’ll have room to grow. You can always since belt tighter but it’s only so long. I ned to buy a large size belt because I’ve outgrown mine. (It’s a Inzer forever belt 13mm in a size medium 33-35") hell I may consider selling mine to someone.

I don’t use a belt to deadlift, but it was my understanding that a tapered front is the most comfortable … no?

I never use a tapered front belt to deadlift, even if I have a tapered belt, I put it on backwards to have more surface area to push against.[/quote]

Ok that makes sense, thanks.

[quote]TheDudeAbides wrote:
Depending on your cash flow, you could have a different belt for every lift. I don’t think its’ necessary, then again I’m not an elite level lifter.

These are good belts
http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?cid=299

as well as these
http://www.inzernet.com/search_results_belts.asp?txtsearchParamTxt=&txtsearchParamCat=8&txtsearchParamType=ALL&txtsearchParamMan=ALL&txtsearchParamVen=ALL&txtFromSearch=fromSearch&iLevel=1

[/quote]
TheDudeAbides thanks for those sites you gave. I think I have found a new love (don’t tell my wife) but it is power lifting. I am trying to learn all I can about it. I have a sporting store special belt and I paid 40.00 for it but that was about maybe 16 years ago??? So it wasn’t really cheap but the ones I looked at on the sites look sturdier. I need a belt and although some guys laugh at me for it, I like the support.

Question, if I ever get to where I can compete will the thickness of the belt be in the rules?? Or stated differently, how do I know what to buy before I compete so I can get used to it.
Thanks again

The rules will tell you what kind of belt you can use, but it is probably easier for you to talk to whomever is in charge of the meet.

Generally, no more than 4" wide, 13mm deep. No padding. No velcro. Anything you see at EFS, Titan, Inzer, etc will be legal in any federation. As far as I’m aware, single prong, double prong, and lever are all legal.

Hey if it’s any help I recently bought a new 13mm single prong forever belt from houseofpain(who by the way have great customer service, prices, and shipping). The 13mm seems to be a little on the thick side for me even after breaking it in some. I had used a partner’s 10mm and kind of wish I had gone with the thinner belt. I’m about 5’10 205 or so with average proportions and getting down to conventional deadlift with the 13mm buckled tight is a little more uncomfortable than with the 10mm belt.

Squatting I don’t really notice a difference. Good luck

-HeavyD

Thank you both!!

[quote]pushmepullme wrote:
Whatever kind you get, make sure it’s legal in your federation if you plan to compete.

I have a 10mm inzer lever belt for squats and deads and a 2" titan lever for benching.[/quote]

Not to hijack, but how do you like that Titan, PMPM? My gf picked one up for me last week, and I love it.

[quote]ThirdUncle wrote:
pushmepullme wrote:
Whatever kind you get, make sure it’s legal in your federation if you plan to compete.

I have a 10mm inzer lever belt for squats and deads and a 2" titan lever for benching.

Not to hijack, but how do you like that Titan, PMPM? My gf picked one up for me last week, and I love it.[/quote]

I use it to hold down my shirt, and it doesn’t impact my arch at all. The suede on the inside sticks to the polyester well. I really like it a lot.

I like this belt for squats, deads

http://www.liftinglarge.com/titantoroleverbelt.aspx