Equipment: When You Could Use a Stiff Belt

Outside magazine, July 1994


Equipment: When You Could Use a Stiff Belt
By Dana Sullivan


< So do without a weightlifting belt--and do more stomach crunches and back extensions--unless you're going to be repeatedly lifting more than 75 percent of the total weight you can lift only once. Which brings us back to the barbell set: Most of us will lift such loads only during squats and deadlifts. For those tasks, wear a belt that's only about four inches wide (you can choose leather or foam) and make sure it settles snugly around your abs and lumbar region--not around your waist.

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