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Old 12-06-2009, 12:12 AM   #1
Kevin Perry
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What brands of belts do you guys use/recommend as best for strength building?

That new 70's big article on em got my interest but I have a short torso and Im not familiar at all with the different brands.
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Old 12-06-2009, 12:32 AM   #2
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I don't know much about belts, but from what I've found, the ones Pendlay sells are by far the cheapest.
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:40 AM   #3
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Dave had recommended the spud belt to me a while ago, I still haven't bought one but I have it on my wishlist of stuff.
"And for crying out loud. Don't go into the pain cave. I can't stress this enough. Your Totem Animal won't be in there to help you. You'll be on your own. The Pain Cave is for cowards.
Pain is your companion, don't go hide from it."
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Old 12-07-2009, 04:30 AM   #4
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Depends on exactly what you are going to be doing and sometimes one belt is not the answer. I have two belts and i'm thinking about getting a third.

Belt 1 - http://www.schiek.com/belts.html

Ignore the bodybuilders, these are the best belts i've found for olympic weightlifting and general training. Broad at the front and the back with a slightly narrower section between the ribs, these belts allow good range of motion for snatch and clean and jerk while being supportive enough for fairly heavy squats and deadlifts. They have a proper buckle thats infinitely adjustable.

The only problem i've had with them is that their sizing chart is a bit out. if you are anywhere near the small end of the suggested sizing buy the smaller sized belt. At 108kg and about a 38" waist I can still wear a "medium". At the top end of PL they aren't really supportive enough and you may find your gut bending the belt out a little.

Beware of cheap imitation belts that look like the schiek belts but have only got a velcro closure, when the velcro wears out a bit they can pop open during a lift - very uncool.

I made pretty much every O lifter in our gym that uses a belt buy one of the Schiek belts and they all love them.

Belt 2 - Want maximum support? Prepared to deal with maximum pain?


Get an Inzer, preferably in pink because if you use one of these long enough you'll be so strong no one will make fun of you and no one steals a pink belt.

maximum PL legal width all the way round, ideal for digging into your ribs and hips leaving bruises and visibly burst blood vessels, also ideal for dieting since doing heavy deads in this belt can cause you to regurgitate your lunch.

On the plus side you get maximum support to brace against and the lever is easy to adjust for length (with a screwdriver) and makes tightening and loosening the belt easy. They also do a prong version and one thats got a ratchet fastening system.

I wear this belt for all my heavy deadlifts and squats and any strongman work like carries.

Downsides - impossible to do olympic lifting in, way too constrictive. Also can get very very painful. Buckle occasionally gets in the way doing strongman cleans.

This leads me to belt 3 which i'm thinking of buying.


It's sort of in between the other two.

4" wide at the back, about 3" at the front and around the hips which means less bruising and less digging into your stomach (=less puke in mouth)

thinner 10mm leather as opposed to 13mm

One of our 105kg lifters wears one of these for his squats and clean and jerks.

If i buy one i'll definitely get it in pink, possibly with rhinestones or sequins across the back
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Old 12-07-2009, 12:08 PM   #5
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Much appreciated info Don, I will definitely be looking into these ones.
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Old 12-07-2009, 01:44 PM   #6
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So I take it there is a support versus comfort/mobility tradeoff?

I'm thinking strongly of getting a belt because I have a bit of a bum back and I am starting to run into back problems as I push my deadlift max up. I've backed off lifting near my PR, but I don't want to give up lifting heavy altogether.

I'm not that strong though, so I guess the Schiek would be enough for me.
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Old 01-06-2010, 10:21 PM   #7
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update: I ordered a schiek belt, just waiting on the delivery so when it comes in i'll let you guys know how it fits and how it does after a while of use.
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Old 01-22-2010, 04:46 PM   #8
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I got the bug after reading the same article. I hate to admit that I am a bit OCD when making purchases and it took me about a month to pick out a belt. I wanted a power belt from a company that makes them in the USA. I ended up buying the "athlete belt" from Best Belts. Their belts are handmade in NC and look pretty nice on the site. Because my basic criteria was met and the prices are reasonable, I pulled the trigger on Monday of this week (finally).

The belt arrived Wednesday (free FedEx ground shipping). The quality of the belt is outstanding and I highly recommend their product. I put it to work today and it's sturdy as hell. It's going to take a while to fully break in, but it worked great.

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Old 03-09-2010, 08:04 AM   #9
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I've been lifting on my Schiek belt for a couple of months now, and am a big fan. It is very comfortable and seems to give me all the support I need.

The size issue is real though--I have a 33-34 inch waist and I had to return the medium to get a small! I feel like Schiek is one of the women's stores that relabel all their clothes down a size or two so their customers will feel less fat. I guess Schiek trying to make us feel less fat?
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Old 03-13-2010, 06:38 AM   #10
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I bought an altus from sports authority to get into using a belt and have been pretty pleased with it.
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in the end, of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do. -John Ruskin

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