Weight lifting belts are a great tool to use to protect your back and improve form when lifting weights. They can also help to improve and maintain muscle power whilst lifting. The belt has the effect of reducing lower back stress and supporting the back. It also helps to prevent you from inadvertently bending and twisting which could cause damage or injury. Having the sensation of a belt around you whilst weight lifting makes the user more aware of their posture and therefore assists them in holding good form whilst they execute their lift. It’s recommended that you loosen your belt between sets as wearing it for long periods can become physically taxing.
It is important that you have the right belt for you. In order to get the full benefit from wearing the belt, it should fit you properly. It should be tight enough to be effective but you must also be comfortable and able to breathe normally.
Which weight lifting belt? Leather vs Nylon
Leather belts tend to be more rigid and thicker with heavy duty stitching with a metal buckle often with 2 prongs to fasten the buckle for a secure comfortable fit. Nylon belts are lighter, less rigid and are more flexible allowing for more movement. They often have a hook and loop fastening system allowing the user to tighten or loosen the belt quickly and easily.