Weight belt?

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    Nov 13, 2007 3:04 PM GMT
    My trainer tells me that we're moving into a weight training phase in which I'm going to a weight belt for extra support. Any recommendations of brand or type? Thanks!
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    Nov 13, 2007 5:09 PM GMT
    Weight aka IAP (intra-abdominal pressure) belts are not recommended in occupational tasks and weight training. I would suggest your trainer to read research literature from Dr. Stuart McGill from U of Waterloo. There is no evidence that IAP belts provide support; in fact, there is a greater risk of injury of back injury when using the belt.
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    Nov 13, 2007 6:00 PM GMT
    Hmm, fair enough, thanks for the response!
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    Nov 13, 2007 9:08 PM GMT
    Some of the problems people have with belts is due to them not wearing the properly, and thinking the belt is a cure all, and they lift improperly, which causes injury. If lifting properly, and worn properly, a lifting belt can add stability to your lower back, that's what it's made for. It's not made to overcome bad form, just to add stability with proper lifting form.

    I use a harbinger 5 inch belt for my heavy lifts, but also like some of the simple wide leather ones, as they will gradually conform to you, like a leather boot.

    Here's an article about some lifting equipment, if you're interested.
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    Nov 13, 2007 9:48 PM GMT
    Thanks, MisterT! Say, where's the article? icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 13, 2007 10:17 PM GMT
    Actually, a "weight belt" is a nylon belt on which lead weights are strapped. It's used to adjust buoyancy while wearing diving suits. Hmm... Actually, I suppose you could get a good workout, wearing one around town. But DAMN, it would be uncomfortable.
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    Nov 13, 2007 10:23 PM GMT
    At your level of training a lifting belt really isn't needed, and, in fact, will be decremental to your core stabilization development. Your trainer really needs to study this further.

    Under very heavy load, weight belts, and knee wraps, wrist wraps, make some sense, but, sounds like you're very neophyte, and a lifting belt would be contraindicated.

    Those of you who've read my posts know this: you never coddle the weakest part. You work it. You improve it. You make it stronger. A lifting belt is contraindicated in a neophyte resistance trainer.

    You need to keep from developing any imbalance, which any support device will encourage.

    Again, just a case of common sense 101.
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    Nov 13, 2007 11:30 PM GMT
    Sorry, I sent the link and other comments to your email.

    A very heavy weight for you may not seem heavy to guys who have been lifting a lot longer, but it doesn't mean you can't use the extra stability of a lifting belt.

    Only use it for your heaviest lifts though, using one all the time can actually weaken your back. you don't want to become overly dependent on lifting aids like belts or wrist straps.

    Remember to focus on proper form and you'll be fine. If you have more questions, feel free to email me, or post on the forums if you prefer.