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Old 06-25-2009, 02:43 PM   #11
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Re: Weight Belts?

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Is not a true statement. The weight belt give your midsection something to push against if used correctly. It does not replace the work done by the abs and lower back.
i believe this is correct otherwise your just pushing against guts and your diaphram.. which is ok to a degree but if you breath out then you just have your guts and you could be in trouble
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Old 06-25-2009, 02:44 PM   #12
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I think so. Haven't been doing it as long as most here. I use a belt on heavy squat days because I have a really bad lower back issue. I'm afraid if i don't use a belt to get heavier weights that my legs will never come along. I've heard the arguement that if you use one you take your stabilizers out of the equation and are really just hurting yourself.
You have heard incorrectly. You do not "take your stabilizers out of the equation".

There is more to the belt than the "mechanical support" it provides. The proprioceptive feedback you get from pushing your core against the belt allows more weight to be done in a safe manner.

I'm not sure much merit the "but in real life you can't strap on a belt first" carries. If the belt allows you to lift more weight safely, you will get stronger from the increased weight. Being stronger is functional.

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Old 06-25-2009, 06:54 PM   #14
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I'm not sure much merit the "but in real life you can't strap on a belt first" carries. If the belt allows you to lift more weight safely, you will get stronger from the increased weight. Being stronger is functional.
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:13 PM   #15
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Re: Weight Belts?

when you squat wearing a belt, the force that is transferred from your legs to the bar does not magically bypass your abdomen by going through the belt with no assistance from the "core".
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