Professional weightlifters and people with intense weight lifting programs commonly wear lifting belts to help increase performance and prevent injury. Most belts are made of leather with additional padding added to make it perfectly comfortable while lifting. It’s important to choose the correct size for your belt in order to fit the natural shape of your back.
Wearing the proper belt may prevent injuries to the spine or the abdominal region. The abdominal muscles and lower back work as a natural belt and if the abdominal muscles are well conditioned, you have sufficient strength and power to make the effort and complete the exercise. However, when you don’t have enough power or if you are trying to lift more than your body can handle, injure may occur.
The majority of training programs do not require the use of a lifting belt but remember that the more intense your workout is, the more stress you’re are applying to your muscles. When you believe you have reached your limit, lifting belts can significantly help. Lifting belts are perfect to help performing heavy squats, dead-lifts, bench press and other exercises.
In addition, “Dip belts” are available for weight training. Named for the dip exercise, these belts are one of the best known methods of adding resistance and are commonly used for pull-ups.