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Old 03-12-2005, 09:28 AM   #1
Justin Arnest
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When doing max lifts on squats, power cleans, deadlifts, etc., is it the crossfit way to use a belt?
I have been doing everything without a belt, going for functional fitness, because if life unexpectedly demands a maximum effort I will not have the luxury of a belt and lifting straps.
Is this the crossfit approach on this subject?
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Old 03-12-2005, 12:28 PM   #2
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That is the general accepted stance on the issue.
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Old 03-12-2005, 02:14 PM   #3
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Thanks Chris. I thought that was right, but some muscleheads made me wonder.
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Old 03-15-2005, 12:18 PM   #4
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Justin,
Invite those muscleheads to join you for a day!
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Old 03-16-2005, 10:42 AM   #5
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Hey Justin
did my personal best DL, 450 lbs without a belt.
I will say this, despite what others may think. You do what you have to do.
If you are lifting weight that you only think you can safely do with a belt, lower the weight.
Steveo
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Old 03-17-2005, 05:58 AM   #6
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My DL max right now is 380 (bodyweight of 167)...no belt.

As you noted in your original post...in "real life" you won't have the luxury of putting on a weight belt. Steve's 100% correct, if you feel you need a belt you're probably going too heavy or have poor form. Lighten things up and do a head-check on your form. This goes for straps as well.

IMO, 99.9% of muscleheads should be ignored. That goes to 100% if they're wearing those Zubaz pants.
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Old 03-17-2005, 12:37 PM   #7
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Matt... I have to disagree. Zubaz pants rule. :crazy:
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