Weight lifting belts protect the back from injuries during weight training. They are commonly used in exercises that put a lot of strain on the lower back, such as dead lifts and heavy squats. They usually work by supporting the lower back while the upper body carries the weight.
Weight lifting belts are only good for certain exercises and should not be worn throughout the workout. Use weight lifting belts only when appropriate, because overuse can weaken the lower back and make it more prone to injuries.
Types of Weight Lifting Belts
Kinds of Weight Lifting Belts include the following:
Leather weight lifting belts
Leather weight lifting belts are made of synthetic or saddle-skirting leather, or other common leather variants. They are generally heavier and more rigid than nylon belts, and are more commonly used by professionals.
Nylon weight lifting belts
Nylon weight lifting belts are lighter than leather, but also less durable. They are more flexible and are commonly used by beginners, or those performing less strenuous exercises.
Choosing Weight Lifting Belts (Buying tips)
Fit: Choose a weight lifting belt that fits properly around your hips. Make sure it hugs close to your lower back to provide adequate support. Look for one that is fully adjustable to help you find the most comfortable fit.
Thickness: Choose a weight lifting belt thick enough to cover your entire lower back. Some belts are thicker in the middle than on the sides. This provides more centralized support, but may not be comfortable for everyone. Try on several styles and choose the most comfortable shape for you.