hoffmeister wrote:no you don't need a belt.
JP wrote:Its good to make the belt into a conscious decision rather than automatically one way or another.
If you aim for maximal lifts, especially in a competition, use the belts that are allowed and make you shif more weight (some powerlifters for instance do not wear a belt with squats and deadlifts because it makes them lift less - they are usually rather large lifters though...).
But lifting without them will build your core in a different way. On the other hand if it prevents you to lift more weight, then thats not going to make you stronger either.
To start with, i would recommend not to use one, but learn to activate your midsection and use the muscles as a belt.
When weights climb up, i would use a belt, and learn to use it as well (opposite of the activation when not using a belt, because you have to actively push against the belt with your abs instead of holding them tight and strong).
muchluv wrote:When I grow up I want to be Gelert.
big-green wrote:Belts take a lot of tension off of your core and your lower back.
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