The question is, do you need a lifting belt?
The answer is yes you do!
A belt will help you be more stable during your lifts and give you added protection to help avoid injury. Look at a belt as a training aid that gives your trunk something to push into, so you can build more abdominal pressure and in return lift more weight safer.
Using a lifting belt is not an excuse to not train your abdominals; it’s to compliment your core strength and allow you to lift the most weight possible.
I am not saying that wearing a belt for every exercise or every lift you do is necessary, but when you get to your top sets it’s probably worth having a high quality belt to use.
Most people like my self want to eventually lift heavier weights and handle more overall volume in the big 3 compound movements(squat, press, deadlift), so unless you don’t have an interest to push yourself to becoming stronger and building the body you always wanted, get a belt and put some heavy weight on the bar!
I will be going over the best weight lifting belts for:
To be clear a belt is a tool to help give you added stability to brace harder during heavy lifts. If you plan to go heavy, here are some of the best belts to invest in!
The best belt for squats is going to be 4″ 13mm thick leather/ suede belt with either a prong or lever.
The benefit to a lever over a prong is conserved energy before the lift. A lever belt is just a flick-of-the-wrist and your set. With a prong belt depending on how broken-in it is; it can sometimes be like wrestling an alligator to get it set.
- SBD Lever Belt-(SEE AT TOP)
- Titan Brahma Belt
These two belts offer the highest quality craftsmanship and will last you a lifetime!
The differences are that the SBD only comes with a lever option for a buckle and one color.
The Titan belts have more options; prong or lever and different colors and finishes.
You can get a great squat belt at Anderson Powerlifting.
If you have never used a belt to bench with it’s worth a try. Just like with every other lift, a belt can help to keep you tighter and stay in an optimal position to move the most weight.
You can use a 4″ 13mm or 10mm lifting belt, but another great options is:
- Titan Omega 2″ Bench Belt; is designed specifically for the bench press and allows for a greater arch and also to help hold down bench shirts if you use them.
Give a bench belt a try, it might be a great compliment to your lifting and could help put some more pounds on the bar.
Most people probably deadlift with the same belt they squat with, but for some people, I have heard that using a 4″ 10mm instead of a 13mm allows them to get into a better starting position.
It’s worth a try, especially if you can’t get comfortable getting down to the bar to begin the pull. If something feels off you might want to try a 10mm and see how it feels.
- Longhorn Belt
- Toro Bravo Belt
The 10mm belts come in leather/ suede with a prong or lever in a variety of colors. Check out Anderson Powerlifting to get yours today.
Bodybuilding/ Weightlifting Belts
If you want a general purpose bodybuilding belt or a belt for doing the Olympic lifts try:
- Texas 2.5″ x 4″ Training Belt
It’s 2mm thick, 4″ in the back, and tapers to 2.5″ in the front.
These specifications will allow for better mobility and flexibility. This will probably make it easier to leave on throughout the whole workout than a thicker powerlifting belt(13mm or 10mm).
This could be a great benefit for bodybuilders that are doing a lot of exercises including supersets that have little rest in between exercises, so taking off a belt and putting it back on over and over may be annoying.
With this belt it will be easier and more comfortable to leave on for the entire workout if needed.
Typically, this is the style of belt you will want if you are a weightlifter and doing lifts like: cleans, snatch, clean and jerk.
This belt will allow you to get into a great starting position to be explosive as possible while still providing added stability and support.
More Protection and Added Stability!
As you can see I am an advocate of Anderson Powerlifting and Titan Support Systems; they both are American companies that are family operated and have great customer service along with top-notch products.
If you want a great quality handmade belt; than these are truly the best weight lifting belts for men and women that you will find.
Another great thing is that all the belts mentioned are IPF approved.
A great weight lifting belt is not a substitute for building the trunk of your body strong; it compliments it.
In other words make sure you train your abs and core muscles so you can actually benefit from using a belt when you lift.
To get a good idea on how to train your trunk, check out my recommendations on some of the best abdominal exercises for strength athletes to do.
I would like to hear about what kind of weight lifting belt you are currently using?
If you have any questions or comments leave them below.
If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.-Booker T. Washington
All the best,