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Best Back Support Belt for Lifting

Sep 03, 2018

What is the best back support belt for lifting?Best Back Support Belt for Lifting - Dark Iron Fitness Weightlifting Belt

The next time you are in the gym, take a look at all the different weightlifting belts around you.

If you take your weight lifting seriously you might wonder if you should invest in a weightlifting belt.

Or if you have been lifting for a while maybe you are thinking of upgrading from a hook and loop belt to a stiffer leather one.

People often make certain assumptions when they see someone wearing a weightlifting belt.

Some may think that they appear stronger if they don’t use a belt when they are lifting heavy.

Or that people who don’t use belts must be more powerful than those who are pulling belts out of their gym bags.

Others might think that a belt makes a lifter lazy and not have to work so hard to brace his core when lifting heavy weights.

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Best Back Support Belt for Lifting: Who Should be Using a Belt?

Best Back Support Belt for Lifting - Man lifting while wearing beltA weightlifting belt is designed for anyone who wants to squat or deadlift as much as he or she possibly can.

The belt wraps around your abdomen so that when you inhale deeply and breathe into your stomach, the belt will limit how far your abs can expand.

When paired with good mobility, solid core strength, and good lifting form, weightlifting belts can provide a stronger, safer, and more stable lifting position.

 

Best Back Support Belt for Lifting:  What Does a Good Belt Do?

Not only does the belt help your abdominals get stronger, but the pressure is increased in your trunk, which stabilizes and strengthens your spine.

When squatting, the increased stabilization affects how hard your legs and hips, can contract.

When your nervous system senses that your back is a risk it prevents your legs and hip from over contracting.

Studies have shown that it is much safer for the spine since the core is better stabilized due to the increased pressure in the abdomen when wearing a belt.

So a better spine and core will potentially lead to lifting heavier weights.

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Best Back Support Belt for Lifting: The First Time You Wear a Belt

Use your weightlifting belt as a tool that will help you get stronger.

The first time someone wears their belt during a training session, especially pressing and deadlifting, their abs will feel sore.

A belt should be worn during the last few warm-ups sets before the actual work set.

Some people find that it is best to learn how to wear one while you are squatting.

If you decide to wear it for the very first time during an actual work set, then your body won’t be used to it and it will actually feel a bit strange.

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Best Back Support Belt for Lifting: When Should You Wear a Belt?

Best Back Support Belt for Lifting - Man tightening weightlifting beltIf you are new to lifting, take your time.

Many people believe you should not wear a belt until you can lift a certain weight.

Some people use numbers such as “you should be able to squat 315 or deadlift 405,” or sometimes it’s 1.5 times your body weight.

When you have reached your last couple of warm-up sets, slip the belt on so that it rests above your anterior superior iliac spine, or your hip bone.

The top of the belt should not be pressing up against the last rib.

 

Who Should Not Wear a Belt?

Don’t wear a weightlifting belt if you:

  1. Feel that wearing a belt hinders your movement. If wearing a belt affects how deep you can clean a clean or snatch, then you are probably better off not wearing one.
  2. Have a heart condition or other health issues. You could be affected by increased blood pressure and intra-abdominal pressure from wearing a constricting belt.

 

How Tight Should You Wear Your Belt?

You should be wearing your belt moderately tight.

This means that it should just be tight enough so that you feel your abs press into it.

If you are doing your warm-up set and you feel the belt sliding around, then it’s probably too loose.

When you reach your working set, you can decide if tightening is necessary or not.

 

Don’t Wear it Too Tight

Best Back Support Belt for Lifting - Dark Iron Fitness weightlifting beltThe main thing is to make sure you don’t wear your belt too tight. If you have to “squeeze up,” to fit into the belt then it’s too tight and won’t be helpful.

A good rule is to wear your belt as tight as you physically can without losing the ability to fully contract your abs.

However, some do use an object, such as the edge of a power rack, to brace the end of the belt against as they turn their bodies to the side.

This will help tighten a belt, especially if it’s a stiff leather one.

The more often you wear your belt the more you will realize how tight it needs to be.

Slip your fingers into the crease between the upper portion of the belt and your abs, it should feel snug.

If your fingers can’t even fit into the crease, then it is probably too tight.

More experienced lifters can wear their belt tighter and will instinctively know when it is too tight.

Ideally, you find a very strong leather belt that will give you the support you need that isn’t too stiff.

Look no further than Dark Iron Fitness’ best-selling genuine leather weightlifting belt.

 

Dark Iron Fitness’ Genuine Leather Weight Lifting Belt

This patented top-quality weightlifting belt made out of rugged cowhide is head and shoulders above the competition.

It has thousands of reviews, more than any other leather belt, and almost a perfect score of 5 stars.

Its 4” height dependably supports your back, abs, and entire core so you can lift more without straining the spine or back.

At just 1.5 lbs this belt is light, compact, and can fit easily into any gym bag.

Its adjustable, non-slip fit promises to be comfortable and won’t ride up or dig into your body.

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Best Back Support Belt for Lifting: A Belt Known for its Quality

Best Back Support Belt for Lifting - Dark Iron Fitness weightlifting beltThis belt is known for its high quality.

Buyers are confident this weightlifting belt will last.

Users also find that the red stitching is not only stylish but obviously reinforces the tough leather.

 

This belt is the perfect 4” width throughout the length of the belt.

This allows users to push their abdomens up against the belt for added power and support.

It is more lightweight and pliable in comparison to most belts out there.

Also, it offers the perfect combination of comfort and support for the powerlifters.

This is not for the high-end competitive level, which normally requires larger and stiffer belts.

Many users reported that they expected a belt of this quality and workmanship to cost more than what they have paid for it.

 

Lifetime Replacements

As with all Dark Iron Fitness products, there is a lifetime replacement free if the belt ever structurally fails, no questions asked.

That alone is a huge reason why our belt is considered the best back support belt for lifting.

Our customer service is quick to respond and Dark Iron Fitness sends follow-up emails regarding your satisfaction a week or two after receiving the belt.

You can’t go wrong with the Dark Iron Fitness weightlifting belt!

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