Get a Weightllifting Belt for a safe Weight and Strength Training
Protect your spine with a weightlifting belt. Raising a substantial amount of weights off the ground and pushing them overhead can be very damaging to your spinal column, which is a very delicate part of your body; it controls all of your body movements. Without your spinal column working properly, you might be in your bed all your life. That’s why it’s essential to keep the weightlifting stresses away from your spine. A weightlifting belt is much like a sensor that alerts the lifter if he or she is doing the workout the wrong way. To better keep guard of your spine and other critical parts of your body, get the best weightlifting belts now at Home Fitness Equipment.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Weightlifting belts have two purposes: to prevent hyperextension on overhead lifts and reduce stress on your lower back while lifting in an upright position. Hyperextension is prevented when wearing weightlifting belts as it forms a rigid wall around your lower torso, connecting the rib cage to the hip. It limits your movements as well as prevent you from bending or twisting.
The weightlifting belt lessens stresses on your lower back by compressing the contents of your abdominal cavity. The compression results to intensified intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) and increases support to the frontal phase of your lower backbones. Your spinal erector muscles, which also support your lower back, are relieved of some of the stresses due to the increased IAP. Also, the increased IAP reduces the amount of lower back compression during weight training.
If you have scoured the internet for weightlifting belts, you may notice that there are a ton of choices and it just gets infuriating when you only need one of them. But actually, there are three main types of weightlifting belts, and they are classified based on usage. This might clear up your mind and narrow down your choices.
Powerlifting belts have constant width all throughout the belt and are rigid and thicker than any of the weightlifting belts. It also has a wider surface on the abs area which are in direct contact with the belt. This type of weightlifting belt gives a lot of internal pressure that adds more stability to lifters and enables them to carry extra weight.
These are the weightlifting belts for recreational lifting, it gives sufficient support in carrying weights that are of minimal mass. They exert enough infra-abdominal pressure to reduce stress on your lower back but don’t have much support for a more strenuous lifting, like in powerlifting or body build lifting.
These are the types of weightlifting belts that are actually not for weightlifting purposes. But they are ideal for chin-ups and pull-ups. Dipping belts are useful in protecting your back when you do exercises for chest, tricep and biceps enhancement as well as stamina conditioning. They come in both leather and synthetic material.
Obviously, this weightlifting belt for bodybuilding. Where you make your body as buff and muscular as possible. Bodybuilding belts are made of leather and differ in size and thickness in its front and back parts. The front side of this weightlifting belt is thin and narrow while the back portion is thicker and a lot wider. This was designed so that bodybuilding lifters can have more support on their backs. These are hybrids of the powerlifting and Velcro belts and have double-prong stainless steel roller buckles for added security and adjustment.
Weight belts need to be snugly fit to ensure proper support to your back. To guarantee a fit weightlifting belt, measure your waist circumference correctly. Wrap the tape around your waist and pull it so that it lies flat on your skin but not too tight that the tape is cutting into it. The range length of weightlifting belt you choose should still fit you when you get slimmer or bulkier.
Selecting the right weightlifting belt for your weightlifting training can be quite confusing as there are too many options to choose from, and wearing a belt means restricted movement. So to make it a little easier, here are some tips you could abide by when selecting the right weightlifting belt.
Thicker isn’t always better
Weightlifting belt widths range in 10 to 13 millimetres. It is important to choose the right thickness of the weight belt as it will be the indication of the level of support it can provide you. The thicker the belt the stiffer it gets and the more durable it is. But remember that weightlifting belts are designed to restrict the range of motion of your body particularly in the hip area. So a stiffer belt may not be the best option for first-time belt buyers as it may cause big trouble for them. The 13mm belt size is usually for experienced weight lifters who are using weightlifting belts for some time, like our Olympic weightlifting champs.
Choose the belt material that fits your lifting style
Weightlifting belts are usually leather or nylon made. The selection of which material to choose comes down to personal preference. Leather is thicker and stiffer between the two and has less “give”. Give in this context is the flexibility of the material in terms of providing your back support and letting you do what you got to do. Generally, leather restricts more of your motions than nylon or synthetic weightlifting belts do. But they are the best option for heavy lifts, lower rep squats and deadlifts. Nylon is more flexible than leather and allows for a more complex range of motions, like CrossFit. CrosFitters often choose nylon as their material of choice due to its flexibility.
Clasps and closures
There are several different styles of weightlifting belts clasps and closures to choose from but always keep in mind one most important feature: its strength. When wearing weightlifting belts, your abdominals will put a significant amount of pressure to stabilize and support your back. That’s why it’s important that it’s strong enough to withstand this pressure and won’t snap or slip. A heavy-duty pin closure, much like the buckle in an ordinary belt provides strength and having multiple holes will make sure that it is a perfect fit for you. Some models have a heavy-duty plastic quick release that is easily adjustable and stays in place when fastened. Pin style closures are great for strength training where you don’t need to adjust the belt. For movements that change continuously, a plastic clasp is perfect to give you little legroom for change in motions. Clasp styles for weightlifting belts purely depend on personal preference and won’t affect the belt’s performance.
As the old adage says, “There is a time for everything”, and that’s true even on using weightlifting belts. Weightlifting belts are not necessary for lifting fairly light weights. As lighter weights such as 0.5kg to 5kg don’t necessarily activate your spinal erectors to act against heavy resistance. For example, doing lateral pull-down push-ups and leg extension exercises don’t exert too much pressure on your back that it requires external support.
Also, weightlifting belts are not for lifters with heart disease and blood pressure problems as the constant wearing of the belt can elevate blood pressure. They can still wear them but not frequently. Wearing weightlifting belts regularly even when routines don’t necessitate it can make your abdominal muscles weaker resulting in trunk instability. So only wear weightlifting belts when you know it’s too stressful for your lower back.