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Weightlifting and Strength Training Belts

Lifting weights and building your strength is one of the most satisfying and rewarding ways to use your time, but when you’re subjecting your body to the stress of all that weight, you have to be careful, take care of your body and use the right safety gear to make sure you don’t put yourself out of commission. Nobody can build muscle from a hospital bed.

Why Should You Use a Belt?

The main use of a weightlifting belt is to help stabilise your spine as you lift. There are some who believe that the belt braces your back in a way that relieves pressure off the muscles that normally perform this task, therefore reducing your ability to build core strength. This isn’t true; weightlifting belts help prevent you from putting your back out, but will also help improve your posture as you lift, maximising the effort of your muscles in all the right places while reducing the risk of injury. It does this by forcing you to lift from your legs rather than your back, which is the ideal way to lift a heavy weight from the floor.

Types of Belts

There are two types of belts associated with lifting, the weightlifting belt and the powerlifting belt. Which belt you need is determined by what sort of exercises you’re doing. If you primarily do squats and deadlifts, then you’re looking for a powerlifting belt. If you’re doing olympic moves like snatches, you’re better off with a weight lifting belt. The difference is mostly in where the thickness is found; powerlifting belts are thick only in the back but are more rigid, providing support for your back as you bend down. Weightlifting belts are tight and wide all around to provide support and direct your movements.


The feel and flexibility of a belt is, of course, also determined by the material it’s made out of. The main two options here are leather weightlifting belts and neoprene weightlifting belts.

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