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Old 05-06-2010, 11:04 AM   #11
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Re: Wearing a belt

Ryan, I think the articles linked by OP, and the above responses, answer your questions.
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:05 AM   #12
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Re: Wearing a belt

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What are the reasons to not wear one? After reading that 70's Big article it seems like you'll actually make more progress by using one, do you disagree with that?

(Also, any suggestions for a good all-around belt to buy for SS?)
The reasons not to wear one were covered earlier in this thread. I don't disagree with the 70's big article, I just think that belts become more useful for maintaining progress the later one gets into their linear progression and beyond. Its like any tool- the more mastery you develop over a skill the more benefit you receive from using quality tools.

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Old 05-06-2010, 11:25 AM   #13
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Re: Wearing a belt

At this point in this thread, stop.

Look at the previous thread on belts.
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Old 05-06-2010, 12:55 PM   #14
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Re: Wearing a belt

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At this point in this thread, stop.

Look at the previous thread on belts.
The previous ones are what confused me

Like this one
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A quote from Robert Wolf on that page
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Wearing a belt COMPLETELY changes the motor recruitment of the trunk musculature in favor of the belt. Once the belt is removed this does not bode well for trunk stability IMO.
Robb
But if the numbers I previously posted are true, then how could Robb be right. If a belt increases strength both with an without a belt faster then possible without a belt, then how could it hurt us by changing motor recruitment so much.

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Old 05-06-2010, 12:59 PM   #15
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Re: Wearing a belt

Which is rebutted by Justin and Rip, which is rebutted by someone else, etc etc.

Here's an idea; try one and tell us how it worked for you.
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:04 PM   #16
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Re: Wearing a belt

I was scrolling down to see if anyone was going to mention motor recruitment. Sure the belt my help increase the lift performed, but it's the also weakening the stabilizers on the lift.

There have been published studies done on this topic in relation to what I wrote. Google it. I don't have them, but read them in the past.
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:07 PM   #17
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Re: Wearing a belt

The only study I read, they did the comparison at the same weight, which invalidates the arguement.

You also have the anecdotal evidence of people getting stuck, using the belt and then being able to lift more than they could without the belt.
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:21 PM   #18
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Re: Wearing a belt

To much controversy, I am getting a belt
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Old 05-06-2010, 01:37 PM   #19
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Re: Wearing a belt

Guys, read the article by Mel Siff, he explains belts very well.
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Old 05-06-2010, 05:06 PM   #20
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I'm not a big named person, Justin himself may chime in here if your lucky.
I'm certainly not a big name, but everyone here has summed up the arguments for wearing a belt from a physiological standpoint. In my opinion, the argument for wearing a belt easily trumps that of not wearing a belt. Besides, arguments against wearing one are usually conceptual in nature as opposed to physiological.

Anyone who has never worn a belt will notice the difference with how their abs feel after wearing it for the first time when squatting/pressing/deadlifting.

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