Best Powerlifting Belts

A brief guide to weight lifting belts


If you ask several people in your gym whether or not you should wear Weight lifting belts, many will tell you yes and many others will not. However, the question is not whether you should use it, but when you should use it.

At other times, we have talked about the belt as a necessary complement to our training. True, but we must refine this.

In training routines and exercises with light, weight it is not necessary to use it. Taking it without needing it can hurt us more than giving benefit to us by causing injuries and ceasing the work of muscles of the back and abdomen that we use as stabilizers.


If you train with a lot of weight, you should use the belt to improve the stability of the torso and avoid injuries in these cases. You can also use it in the last series of a given exercise, when we are near the fault. A clear example of people needing (and using) the lifting belt are weightlifting athletes.


Weight lifting belts provide support for the lower back and reduce tension in the lower back by compressing the abdominal muscles. They are especially useful for squatting with bar or aerial lifts. Weight belts help weight lifters to stay in proper shape during lifting and avoid hyperextension of the lower back during lifting on the head. Wearing the weight belt also makes you more aware of your posture when lifting. Choosing the right belt size is important for comfort and safety. A weight belt should be used well to maximize performance. These belts should only be worn for short periods of time and during maximum or sub-maximal lifting, such as in squats or deadlifts.


Other details that we have to consider regarding the use of the training belt are:

  • Using the lifting belt when you are injured can lead to a more serious injury.
  • Belts can reduce the lumbar range of motion, reducing the risk of injury to the lower back.
  • Belts can give us the feeling that we can lift more pounds, thus increasing the risk of injury due to this sensation. Ask a partner or monitor to "watch" and correct your posture and exercise.

It is recommended to follow these instructions while choosing a weight lifting belt:

  • Run the tape measure around your center, crossing over your navel. Breathe normally, do not hold or pinch the stomach and do not pull the tape too tight. This will give you a more accurate waist measurement and will help you select the correct size of the weight belt.
  • Wear your training clothes when you buy your belt. These are the ones you will use when you use the weight belt and will give you a more precise fit.
  • Look for a belt that matches your waist measurement. The widths of the weight belts are between 4 and 6 inches. Tall people should use a width of 6 inches, the lowest people need a width of 4 inches. Choose the width that corresponds to your height.