I was wondering at what point you have started using a belt for back support on the heavier lifts such as deads, squats, O-lifts etc.
Now I fully realise the importance of training the abs and lower back hard to improve the support muscles as much as possible, but is there a point at which a belt should be used for safety reasons?
Also, should this point be relative to how large the load is compared to the lifter? For example, I weigh 95kg at the moment. My max deadlift is about 160kg. This is still 30kg off a double bodyweight deadlift, which seems to be a standard that needs to be reached before being considered strong on the lift. So, as I am still "weak" on this lift, should I consider using a belt for lifts close to 1RM?
I hope this makes sense, any advice would be appreciated.