Working out and improving consist of hard work and dedication. Every day, people go to the gym with a goal in mind (but some just go for the sake of going).
There are many things to be done in order to achieve that goal, and along the way, just like during any journey, bad things might occur and in our case, the bad things are injuries.
No one wants to be injured while trying to look good, this is the reason why there are equipment, such as lifting belts, knee protectors, lifting straps, wrist protector, hot belt shapers etc, made to protect ourselves from injuries and improve our performances during a workout cession, helping you lift more thus giving you more gains. (belt shaper doesn’t prevent from injuries but do enhance our performance. Check out the blog about it).
Weight Lifting belts are known to be great equipment to help support the back to prevent injuries, prevent spinal flexion, improve the form and performance of basic exercises such as squats and deadlifts.
There are many great articles about the use of a weight lifting, but in the little research I made, I found that there is something missing and that is what I want to share here.
I noticed one thing in these articles, YouTube videos and any Fitness material on the internet: Some of these guys (Not all of them) tend to standardize everything. What do I mean by that? Well it’s simple to understand.
We all have different posture.
We might do some exercises the same way but again a lifting belt helps improve the form and performance of an exercise, so you can’t just say that we should use the belt for a given exercise and not for another one.
Instead of me writing a whole essay about that, check out the picture below:
The picture above shows the different human postures. We all have different postures; therefore, we need some kind of support to help us have a good form or good posture while exercising. You will see people say that you can only use a belt for squat and deadlift and nothing else. Well, let me tell you about my story.
I had a thoracic kyphosis (3rd posture from the left). When I started training, my gym buddies could see that my form was terrible. They used to tell me “Keep your chest out Darcy, your back doesn’t have a proper form. I also noticed that my core was weak.
So, I started using my friend’s lifting belt.
I noticed that it helped me improve my performance, I could get more reps done and my form was getting better. Do what works best for you and use the belt whenever you feel like you should.
Today, I use my lifting belt for squats, deadlift, standing shoulder press, shoulder press behind the neck, lat pulldown and seated rows.
The reason for that is because whenever I go heavy on these exercises, my core may be involved. I said earlier that because of the posture I used to have, my core is not that strong, and I need some support. I see people using the belt on a bench press. I tried it once, but I didn’t feel any different whether I had it or not.
The point I am trying to make is that do what works best for you. If you don’t feel that the belt is helping on a certain exercise, then use it for something else.
The “gurus” out there will tell you not to use a belt for lat pulldown because they might have a perfect posture, so they don’t need one. I will keep using that for as long as it helps me keep a good form and because I see improvement.
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