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Old 12-16-2011, 12:20 PM   #1
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4" or 5" for Weightlifting belts?

I'm going to order a weightlifting belt but not sure what size or company to get. Any recommendations?
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Old 12-16-2011, 12:41 PM   #2
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Re: 4" or 5" for Weightlifting belts?

What are you using it for? Squats? Deadlifts? Snatch/C&J?

For the powerlifts, I love my Inzer 13mm Lever. General rule-stick with a quality leather product, nothing stretchy, nothing that narrows in the front.
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:27 PM   #3
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Re: 4" or 5" for Weightlifting belts?

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What are you using it for? Squats? Deadlifts? Snatch/C&J?

For the powerlifts, I love my Inzer 13mm Lever. General rule-stick with a quality leather product, nothing stretchy, nothing that narrows in the front.
I'll be using it for all the lifts..olympic and power
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Old 12-16-2011, 01:34 PM   #4
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Re: 4" or 5" for Weightlifting belts?

The 3 companies that seem to get the best reviews here are bestbelts.net (website is down for some reason), Inzer and EliteFTS
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:09 PM   #5
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Re: 4" or 5" for Weightlifting belts?

I reccommend a 4". I have the bestbelts 4" athlete belt. Pretty good quality.
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:15 PM   #6
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Re: 4" or 5" for Weightlifting belts?

How about Harbinger belts?
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Old 12-16-2011, 02:18 PM   #7
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Re: 4" or 5" for Weightlifting belts?

Looking at Harbinger's offerings (WFS):

http://www.harbingerfitness.com/belts_2010.html

Doesn't look like much to be impressed with. Nylon belts and leather belts that seem fairly unsubstantial and narrow in front.

Like everything else in life...you generally get what you pay for.
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:30 PM   #8
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Re: 4" or 5" for Weightlifting belts?

The official rules of Olympic weightlifting limit the belt to 120mm (4.72") at the widest.
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Old 12-16-2011, 04:33 PM   #9
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Re: 4" or 5" for Weightlifting belts?

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How about Harbinger belts?
I have the Harbinger 4" nylon belt and absolutely love it!! I'm an Oly lifter and use it for squats and clean & jerks. Probably not as substantial for the power lifts, but I don't do those. Just MHO!!
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:09 PM   #10
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Re: 4" or 5" for Weightlifting belts?

I have one similar to the Harbinger one and have been using it for about a year, but recently have needed to replace it. The problem I had was the "heavy gauge roller buckle" ins't a full loop, just a "C" shaped piece of metal and it is closed off by a less robust piece of metal that is rolled around the ends of the "C" and is not welded together. If this doesn't make sense, go to just about any sports store and they'll have this style of belt, and you'll see what I mean.

The last time I used it, I noticed that the thinner rolled piece was bending and coming apart, which could have proven disastrous if it failed mid-lift as the belt would loose its tension.

I like me belt really tight, but I'm no power-lifter with only a 380lbs 1RM squat (185lbs BW). I like the flexibility of a web/nylon belt so I'm replacing it with a Spud Inc. 3-ply dead lift belt, they're actually on sale right now from Elite FTS for about $50 with free shipping.

If you've never used a belt before getting a cheapo one is a good idea because if you ultimately don't like it, you're not out a ton of money. But if you do like using one, you'll likely outgrow the cheapo ones pretty quick.
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