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Belts and pulling aids

The weight lifting belt - functionality and advantages

The weight lifting belt - functionality and advantages

The main function of a training belt is to support and stabilize the spine and trunk. The stable training belt ensures a straight and healthy posture for the athlete during back-heavy training exercises and when using high amounts of weight, thus reducing the risk of injury and unnecessary strain on the intervertebral discs. By compressing the abdomen, the weight lifting belt increases intra-abdominal pressure and relieves the musculus erector spinae, the muscle group responsible for erecting the spine. This speaks clearly for the use of a weightlifting belt, as weightlifters and bodybuilders with maximum weights can provide more power.

The Weight Lifting Belt - Putting it on the right way

1. lay the belt first on the brink of Performing a complex exercise on

2. put on the belt so the wide side covers your lumbar vertebrae.

3. tighten the belt to ensure proper abdominal pressure (it's normal for you to find it harder to breathe while wearing the belt)

4. Open the belt again, as soon as you've completed a sentence.

The weight lifting belt - disadvantages

  • Weight lifting belt reduces motor learning

Many exercises performed with weights require a high degree of intramuscular coordination. These include, for example, the knee bend and the crucifixion. When performing these exercises, the muscle chains must be activated at the right time and in the right order. Especially for beginners, carrying a weight lifting belt prevents exactly this coordinative task. Tensing and stabilizing the abdominal muscles at the right time is one of the main reasons for later back injuries. Here, too, the principle applies: technology before weight.

  • Weight lifting belt leads to a weaker trunk musculature

The trunk musculature should be able to provide the necessary stability by itself during the exercise. The use of a weight-lifting belt takes that away from her, so to speak, leaving her underdeveloped or worsening. The athlete gets used to the external stability and after some time is no longer able to lift high weights without a weight lifting belt and without an increased risk of injury.

The weight lifting belt - Which exercises does it make sense for?

  • deadlift
  • squats
  • Barbell Rowing
  • side lifting

The Weight Lifting Belt - Application

The classic weightlifting belt is usually made of thick, multi-layer core leather or stable, synthetic materials and is several centimeters wider in the back than in the front of the buckle. Depending on the exercise and sport discipline, the designs vary in shape, size, material and locking system. There are clear rules on the part of the federations for wearing a weightlifting belt during the competition, which differ depending on the sport. In the powerlifting battle, the belts are therefore much harder, thicker and wider than in the classic weightlifting belt. Because here it's mainly about high performance and less about a lot of freedom of movement. Before you buy a weightlifting belt, you should measure your abdominal girth to choose the right size. The larger the abdominal girth, the larger the belt. If you use the weight lifting belt a lot, it makes sense to buy a quick release belt, as it allows you to open it quickly. All other buckles have holes like a normal trouser belt, which make putting them on and taking them off a bit time-consuming.