About Powerlifting Belts Powerlifting belts are used by the avid weight lifter to lift the maximum amount of weight in a safe manner. While dip belts actually add weight during pull-ups and dips to provide a person with an added challenge, powerlifting belts are designed to provide support for the lower back and the body's core. Strain and hyperextension are avoided. Without such belts, serious injuries can occur to the back or a hernia can bring a person down. The result is less training time.
For the optimal workout when it comes to taking on the heaviest weights, powerlifting belts are a must. They should be worn with a snug fit. If the belt has a wider part, the belt should be worn in front to provide more intra-abdominal pressure for the person who requires more abdominal support. However, a true powerlifting belt should be uniform in thickness. In addition, it should not be worn at all times if a strong core is desired. Exercises must be performed to strengthen the core without the use of belts. There must be a healthy balance.
Powerlifting belts are used by enthusiasts of bodybuilding, weight lifting and powerlifting. The key for any intense, strength training regimen is more weight and more repetitions. Using a powerlifting belt can make this happen. It helps an athlete to amp up the routine and take the workout to a new level. Belts range from lightweight to heavyweight. It is up to the personal preferences of the user and how much weight he or she intends to lift. Quality is of importance, ensuring a consumer gets his or her money's worth. Powerlifting belts should be made of a sturdy material that is durable while also is comfortable to wear. Belts are often lined with suede or another material to provide greater comfort during a routine.
There are three main styles in powerlifting belts. The single-prong buckle belt is a thick, strong belt that is a common choice as well as the double-prong buckle belt. It may sound strange, but the single-prong belt tends to actually be the most stable and is easier to use when getting ready for serious weight lifting, especially competition.
The other style is the lever belt. A belt harness is screwed into the user's belt and is customized to match the user's waistline measurement. The person using it can actually slide the belt into place without tightening it until the moment it is needed. The lever is then flicked and the belt will be a tight as it should be. Users will not need anyone else's assistance with this kind of belt which is a definite advantage.
The style of belt is up to the powerlifting enthusiast. Many may use each depending on the type of lifting being done and if it is for a competitive event. There are many brands to choose from.
SAFE belts, bought by Titan and now considered Texas belts, are considered some of the best in the industry. They come in the finest leather with 10 mm & 13 mm thickness. Consumers can choose from the single-prong buckle belt, the double-prong buckle belt or the lever belt.
Inzer Advance Designs are another popular choice. Their products are made of leather and vary in thickness from 10mm to 13 mm. They are offered in a variety of colors and also have the option of each style of belt. They have a unique product, the PR Powerbelt also known as the Power-ratchet belt. The ratchet is moved forward and back to provide absolute flexibility in adjusting the fit of the belt. This accommodates the type of workout and layers of clothing. Once again, the user doesn't require the help of others for adjustments.
The Schiek 3004 Powerlifting belt is made out of nylon and neoprene. It has a downward shape to accommodate the contours of the hips, ribs and back. It is wider at the front for more abdominal support and has a slide bar buckle.
TLF Powerlifting belts are unique in their colors and custom embroidery which makes them stand out above other belts. They are made out of leather and come in the double prong buckle style. They have eight holes that are each about one inch apart. It's up to the athlete to find the perfect belt.