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Old 08-20-2007, 03:00 PM   #1
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Belts

Does anyone wear a lifting belt when doing any of the squats, cleans, deads, etc.? Does anyone know where CrossFit stands on this issue?

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Old 08-20-2007, 03:12 PM   #2
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Re: Belts

Never seen a belt in HQ Video, or mentioned in lecture by Coach G, assume they rate up there with gloves and wrist straps.
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Old 08-20-2007, 03:27 PM   #3
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Re: Belts

I think the consensus is that belts are inappropriate for CF, and I would agree. CF strives to build individuals who are able to excel at any conceivable functional task without specific preparation. That being the case, aids such as belts and straps begin to dilute the experience and the purpose by both masking the individual's genuine ability and eliminating or reducing some of the natural difficulties of a given movement.

Belts are a performance-enhancing tool and should be used strictly as such. They're not for safety, and certainly not for assisting the pursuit of CF's goals.
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Old 08-20-2007, 03:32 PM   #4
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Re: Belts

using a belt is a crutch of sorts. It takes away from your bodies ability to use stabilizing muscles when doing squats, deads, cleans, etc. Learn to use your body properly. The only time I use a belt is for competition clean and jerks. The rest of the time I'm working those muscle that the belt lets you get away with not using.
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Old 08-20-2007, 03:41 PM   #5
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Re: Belts

I use a belt to do weighted pullups...
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:06 PM   #6
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I use a belt to do weighted pullups...
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Old 08-20-2007, 05:13 PM   #7
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Re: Belts

Uh, Jay? Ya hang the weight off the belt to do weighted pullups... don't really see the falldown and laugh humour in that?
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Old 08-20-2007, 06:02 PM   #8
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Re: Belts

Me neither.
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Old 08-21-2007, 02:38 AM   #9
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Uh, Jay? Ya hang the weight off the belt to do weighted pullups... don't really see the falldown and laugh humour in that?
Mark, agree, got carried away with stupid icons, sorry.
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Old 08-21-2007, 09:59 AM   #10
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Re: Belts

A belt is a safety device, not an aid like wraps or bp shirts. It acts against the abs and protects the spine when doing heavy lifts. Some people never need them, but I always use one when I get above 85% of my squat and deadlift (and sometimes heavy cleans). Vernonica's right that it's better to let your stabilizer muscles do as much work as possible, but limited use of a belt will not hamper their development.

Read pg. 62 of Starting Strength for more info.
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