To Belt or Not To Belt
Say, if Shakespeare was alive as an avid gymnast in the 21st Century, at some point through his iron journey he would have written on facing the predicament of whether to adorn a powerlifting belt or not. What makes me wonder is what he would have recommended for our dear Juliet. To gauge Shakespeare’s final choice lets familiarize ourselves with the basic use of lifting belts.
Simply put, weight lifting belts such as Inzer Forever Belt are ideally designed for just about anyone who is looking to deadlift or squat to their maximum capacity. Designed specifically for powerlifting, safety benefits are usually not a prime concern. Instead their make is made heavy duty and stiff with the same circumferential width all around the waist.
Let’s try and understand it this way instead: the fact that there is more surface area of your abs in contact with the belt, combined with the fact that there is a buckle that can be secured as tightly as preferred without coming undone, quite literally makes for an extraordinary amount of internal pressure buildup which serves the prime purpose of these belts.
Once you know what you are dealing with and are required to do, making decisions regarding workout and lifting belts becomes Child’s play.
Decisions, Decisions, Decisions
Let’s get cracking!
Ladies, what I will say is that should you decide to go with it and wear a belt, please pick our leather women’s training belts nicer counterpart, the simple Velcro kind and shun away that hard leather variety. I get it! I agree, they do look a lot cooler, leather comes with that kind of an appeal. However, I strictly recommend these only be used by professional competitive power lifters and those only.
Velcro Belts are Minimalistic Performance Boosters:
Therefore my final recommendation to you is to base your decision foremost on its tendency to provide greater stability, making you less prone to injury. In addition to this, from the information I have been able to gather a majority seems to be of the opinion that if heavy lifting is done with one of these belts, the likelihood of muscle pain decreases by a margin.
- May help prevent injury to the lower back during heavy lifts.
- Can increase performance.
- Might inhibit motor learning in the abdominal muscles.
- Lower Back might not get as strong.