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Old 11-07-2011, 07:23 AM   #1
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When do you recommend putting on a belt? What % for various lifts?
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Old 11-07-2011, 08:38 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 11-07-2011, 10:10 AM   #3
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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?
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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.
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Gotcha, thanks!
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Old 11-11-2011, 07:01 AM   #6
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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.
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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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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.
Is using a belt not advisable for the snatch?

I was thinking about using a belt for heavy [Ha! If you can consider what I lift heavy] singles and doubles. I'm still a n00b-ish lifter and I don't plan to compete. I just like to pick things up and put them down.
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