There are risks and benefits of wearing a lifting belt when weight training.
First, let's go over some of the risks of wearing a lifting belt:
Now let's go over some of the benefits of wearing a lifting belt:
The aforementioned risks can be attenuated by avoiding isometric exercises, loosening the belt between sets, and wearing the belt only when performing heavy lifting (i.e., more than 80% of your 1-RM). You may lessen your core strength by relying on the lifting belt. Wearing a lifting belt only when lifting heavy loads may prevent your abdominal and lower back muscles from becoming weak due to overly relying on the belt as a lifting aid.
BOTTOM LINE: Wear a weight belt but only when lifting heavy loads. The lifting belt can increase spinal stability, lessen spinal force compression, and increase exercise performance and posture.
Brian Danley, CFT
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I'm a personal trainer who loves to help others fulfill their health and fitness goals. I consider myself a bodybuilder in that I live the lifestyle of eating healthy food, working out regularly, and sculpting my body.