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Thursday, January 11th, 2018

Not here to shame you if you’re one of those people who always wears about. Honestly, just trying to look out of you. I’ve never been one to care if you’re the type that always wears lifters, or knee sleeves, or wrist wraps, or thumb tape, or gymnastics grips. Knock yourself out. But overusing a weight belt brings with it the potential for jacking yourself up down the road, and likely while doing something totally unrelated to weightlifting.

We are robust. We are resilient. Go check out @strongcamps account. And @keegan_smith while you’re at it. Weight belts can be a great addition, but we must first and foremost learn how to use our core. When the belt becomes a crutch, our backs become fragile. It’s as simple as that.

I get it. You feel safe with the belt on. You don’t think you’ll hurt your back when you wear it. Here’s a thought…lower the weight ?. And for those of you who are truly high level lifters, this post isn’t for you. But, the majority of us out there, myself included, aren’t high level lifters. We need to be spending more time developing the proper reflexive core stabilization so that we can safely manage those heavier loads, and THEN we can add the belts. Take a step back and look at the big picture, folks. Please.

And yes, there is probably a young female Chinese lifter who is warming up with your one rep max. Not trying to break your ego. Simply trying to make the point that wearing a belt is not simply dictated by the weight on the bar. There is a time and a place for a belt. Not sure when that is? Educate yourself. Get a coach. But learn how to properly reflexively stabilize first. Your back (and pelvic floor) will thank you. —
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