I’m gonna pickup a weightbelt this coming weekend and see if that might take some of the stress off
Damn man, I don’t do any major lifts like squats, deadlifts, etc. without a belt. I cant see how you can feel comfortable putting that kind of pressure on your back and not supporting it with something. I understand a no belt set for warmup weights, but once those plates pile on you should use a belt just to help prevent injury. Although I would recommend that you first make sure your back is healed before doing any more heavy squats I know you won’t so all I can say that the belt is a great investment and you’ll probably be able to go even heavier than you are going now.[/quote]
Uhm…belts are unnecessary. It’s a personal choice, but there have been articles that have discussed their shortcomings and benefits.
I am 180 lbs and deadlift over 500 lbs and I never wear a belt. I have one and started to use it, but it became a crutch. It did increase my max lift by around 30 lbs or so, but I feel that it takes away from the whole point; to allow your body to adapt to the load and not need any extra support.