My View On Weight Lifting Belts

by Aaron Pressley Galvin on 20th December,2018

My View On Weight Lifting Belts

A common question i get asked by my Clients is, should I be wearing a a weight-lifting belt during my workout or at least during the compound lifts? (Deadlift, Squat, Bench press, Military press) My reply is always, No. Why? you may wonder. I believe your body should be capable to support itself during all lifts. With proper engagement of the core muscles (Erector spinae, transverse abdominals, pelvic floor, obliques & rectus abdominis) and with 100% concentration on the technique and mind-muscle connection, you will and can execute perfect form and lift without the usage of a belt.

The Disadvantage of using a Belt long term is, you become reliant on the support of the belt to support you during the lift thus weakening your core and eventually leading to injury because you have not learned how to engage your Core properly. You might get away with the use of a belt during lifts for a while but eventually you will hit the point where the straw breaks the camels back, so to speak. I personally used a belt during my first couple of years of training but I soon got rid of it when I started to learn more about the benefits of core engagement etc that’s why you will never catch me wearing a belt in the gym even during my heaviest 1 rep Max lifts.

I make sure to educate all my clients to the benefits of Core engagement and unsupported lifting, using no aids, just focusing on using what nature has given you. Other benefits of unsupported lifting include, better posture & postural awareness, flattening and toning effect on the mid-section and stronger posterior chain muscles.

So ditch the belt and try use the "belt" you were born with, you will be glad you did.

- APG.


Last Modified: Thursday 20th December 2018