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Old 09-15-2005, 01:11 PM   #1
Powell Pittman
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I was just wondering if I should wear a weight belt when doing the olympic power lift exercises, because my back is not extremely strong and I am new to all of these exercises
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Old 09-15-2005, 01:15 PM   #2
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I would opt for no, learn and practice correct form and develop your "internal" weight belt.
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Old 09-15-2005, 01:16 PM   #3
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I just read a Paul Chek article about this the other day--I'll see if I can track down the link, unless someone else has it handy.
Will try to find it and post tomorrow.
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Old 09-15-2005, 04:09 PM   #4
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If your back is not that strong, reduce the amount of weight.

Using a lifting belt is analogous to 2-wheel drive vs. 4-wheel drive. 4-wheel drive lets you get stuck a lot further away from help. Using a belt may let you lift more weight than you might normally use and it does nothing to teach you to use your back correctly.
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Old 09-15-2005, 05:49 PM   #5
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Doing the olympic lifts are some of the best exercises you can do for ur back anyway. If only I could get good at them. :-)
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Old 09-15-2005, 06:03 PM   #6
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Weight belts rock!
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Old 09-15-2005, 07:09 PM   #7
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Lifting with a belt might be like using straps for a heavy deadlift - it compensates for a weakness. Straps cover a minor weakness - grip. A belt may cover a major weakness. Following that logic, using a belt on lifts you're not ready for is inviting injury.

Get really strong all over, nice and balanced. Learn where you're weak, then focus on building that. Learn and practice disciplined form with appropriate loads. 6 months getting stronger is WAY better than 6 months getting over an injury.
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Old 09-15-2005, 10:18 PM   #8
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Used properly a belt has no effect on injury, niether making the lift safer nor more dangerous. It helps you lift more weight. If that is appealing to you, learn when/why/how and go ahead with it. If weight lifted is of secondary importance, save your money
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Old 09-16-2005, 03:47 AM   #9
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My coach has us wear a belt when doing heavy cleans and/or jerks and when squating. I use straps when doing snatch pulls and clean pulls. A lot of the time I use straps when I snatch. That said, I would NOT use a belt during a WOD.
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Old 09-17-2005, 12:17 AM   #10
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Here is an article by spine guru Stuart McGill:

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