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Old 07-31-2008, 07:59 AM   #1
Jacob Rowell
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Default Soft weightlifting belts

I've been wearing a cheap-ish APT belt for about a year now. I wear it mostly for PR attempts on the back squat and deadlift, occasionally heavy work sets if I'm feeling a little wussy. I almost always wear it on heavy jerks (I hyperextended my lower back on a jerk once, caused some sort of injury that still nags 9 months later. Doctors, pssh.) Well, I've popped two rivets on the belt, so it's time for a new one.

I've seen lots of guys wearing soft, nylon belts. Anyone have experience with this? Does it give adequate support? I'm looking at this one currently: http://www.flexcart.com/members/elit...d=114&pid=2480. Looks pretty tough. Also seems to be a bit more comfortable for oly, give that it's a bit more flexible than a thick leather belt in the start position.
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Old 07-31-2008, 12:30 PM   #2
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I've been wearing a cheap-ish APT belt for about a year now. I wear it mostly for PR attempts on the back squat and deadlift, occasionally heavy work sets if I'm feeling a little wussy. I almost always wear it on heavy jerks (I hyperextended my lower back on a jerk once, caused some sort of injury that still nags 9 months later. Doctors, pssh.) Well, I've popped two rivets on the belt, so it's time for a new one.

I've seen lots of guys wearing soft, nylon belts. Anyone have experience with this? Does it give adequate support? I'm looking at this one currently: http://www.flexcart.com/members/elit...d=114&pid=2480. Looks pretty tough. Also seems to be a bit more comfortable for oly, give that it's a bit more flexible than a thick leather belt in the start position.
Of the nylon belts that are out that one is the most legit IMO. I've got one that I use for strongman stuff and occasionally for heavy 90% plus lifts. I typically will use a leather belt for heavy work sets on deadlifts and back squats but the Spud is good compromise between a 13mm thick leather belt and some cheap crap. It won't give you as much support but it does give quite a bit more than any other nylon belt I've seen. Biggest benifit is that it will allow you to get a little deeper in a pull set up or for a tire flip or stones where you need to get real low. I tend to wear mine a little higher than a leather belt FWIW.

Note, the Spud belt I got was black, not yellow.
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Old 07-31-2008, 03:47 PM   #3
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However, under NO circumstances, REGARDLESS of how impressive the lift, are you allowed to refer yourself as the "Spud Stud".
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Old 07-31-2008, 07:18 PM   #4
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Thanks guys

I Actually just had my 2nd strongman contest a couple of weeks ago. Got my ass handed to me, but it's good to know the belt will have some carry over there when I give it a go again.
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