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Added Weight To Lift Utilizing A Belt?

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#1 OFFLINE   anwnate


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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:05 AM

Do you find that wearing a belt adds weight to your max lifts?


If so, is this something that can be measured on say a percentage basis?


It would be great to get a few belted/nonbelted lifts to compare and possibly come up with some kind very basic formula.


(I do understand that this will vary greatly due to the core strength of individuals...I'm just looking for something to start with.)


Thanks for any help.



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Posted 11 September 2013 - 08:22 AM

You can definitely get more out of a belt. I tend to get thrown off of my game if I get too pressured up from a belt though and tend not to use one or if I do my softer Rehband and use it more to cue my tension.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 09:44 AM

Deadlift, not so much. Squat, considerably. At least 20 kg or more. I find a lot of support when squatting heavier weights, although I use a relatively commercial cheap kinda belt. So I probably have a weak core  :)

Edited by Geralt, 11 September 2013 - 09:45 AM.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 11:41 AM

Using a belt definitely increases the weight I can handle, not sure of the percentage or poundage for myself though.  I'll usually do all my sets of squats/deadlifts without a belt until my last set then I'll throw the belt on.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 12:14 PM

If you use it right, you will get good increase, for sure.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 12:20 PM

Never tried it for grip lifts, but I can DL about 10% more using a great belt. Add another 5-10% for tork.

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 02:40 PM

I've gotten 50lbs out of one in a rack pull.

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 09:48 AM

Like most have said.....definite increase, but how much is up to the individual and whether you're talking reps or max attempts.  I prefer to wear a belt on my top sets, but I don't cinch it down until my eyes pop out...I wear it snugly, but not super tight.  I've gone beltless recently on workouts doing rep work not max attempts and didn't really notice much of a difference.


I believe a belt does add a bit of protection and I'm all for anything that keeps me healthy and in the game for as long as possible.  Like everything else, supportive gear like belts, knee wraps, briefs, the sling shot, etc. can be cycled into one's program but shouldn't be relied upon.