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Ben Glidewell 11-07-2011 07:23 AM

Wearing a Belt
When do you recommend putting on a belt? What % for various lifts?

Greg Everett 11-07-2011 08:38 AM

I prefer to see a belt used only on cleans, jerks and squats, usually 85-90% and above, unless doing higher volume work at somewhat lower weight, in which case the lower back can use some help.

Ben Glidewell 11-07-2011 10:10 AM

Thanks for the green light.

What is your take on those who don't wear a belt for the added core work, or because they think it will weaken their core?

Greg Everett 11-07-2011 10:12 AM

I think that it works fine for some people, but if your goal is lifting maximal weight, at some point, wearing a belt is going to necessary for most people. Wearing a belt doesn't eliminate the need for the trunk musculature to work hard under heavy weights, and core work can be done out side of squatting etc.

Ben Glidewell 11-08-2011 12:41 PM

Gotcha, thanks!

Matt Foreman 11-11-2011 07:01 AM

Ditto on the belts. C&Js, squats, jerks over 80ish percent. Some people never wear one at all. The heaviest C&J of all time was done without a belt, 266 kilos by Leonid Taranenko. Interestingly, he had done 265.5 a year earlier and he was wearing a belt then. I guess he just used it when he felt like he needed it. But I think most people who are pushing for top OL results wear a belt in C&J. You rarely see it in the snatch, but there are a couple of elite lifters who use it. Podobedova, 75 kilo world record holder in the women's division, wears a belt in the SN.

John Alston 11-11-2011 12:37 PM

Since I started training without bumpers I use a belt for heavy overheads. Just need a little protection in the low back when lowering the bar sometimes if fatigue sets in mid set.

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