Why use the strength belt in bodybuilding?


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When we get into muscle building and muscle gain, a whole bunch of bodybuilding accessories can help us, and, we are quickly lost when faced with the choices and possibilities. You have the weight lifting gloves, the hooks, or even elastics for workout. Thus, one of them is necessarily the bodybuilding belt, which can be an ally in this sports course!

The different types of belts

First of all, there are several kinds of belts: the sweat belt, also called perspiration girdle. Its principle is to make you sweat and thus lose the water that our body contains.
There's also the slendertone electrostimulation belt, which projects electrodes that stimulate belly fat, helping to gradually slim the waistline.

To use this slimming belt, you need to download the brand's application and configure your belt using it.

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You can also use a lumbar belt for your strength training exercises. The latter is a support belt frequently used to protect and relieve the back during physical activities that can put it at risk. Wearing a lumbar belt helps to avoid poor posture and reduce the impact on the vertebrae.

This belt amplifies muscular movements and brings a sensation of warmth to the body, providing an analgesic effect on potential aches and pains. Some non-muscle-builders also use it for back pain. It's more like a corset or girdle, since it's scratch and elasticated.

But the belt that is the focus of our attention today is the power belt. The latter has several names: bodybuilding belt, but also weightlifting belt. On the same principle as the previous ones, it allows to bring a comfort to our muscular chain and a help in the practice of the sport.

The recommended belt is the strength belt, since it combines the effect of sweating by providing heat, strengthening the muscles and helping the activity by weakening the blows on the muscles and allowing the body to position itself better. It is also, a support to relieve pain and discomfort that can cause fatigue during exercise. It protects the spine and reduces the pressure on it.

What type of strength belt should I choose?

With so many belts at our disposal, it's hard to know which one to choose. What thickness and width to choose? Which material, nylon or leather?

First of all, you need to choose a belt that's right for you: it must be comfortable to wear. Don't hesitate to experiment. The second element to consider when choosing a belt is the material, as this will make it more or less comfortable to wear.

Finally, you need to select a belt according to your level of physical activity, but above all according to the goal you want to achieve. Strength belts, for example, are more suited to deep work and back support. The wider it is, the better it will support your back. They accentuate the movements performed during sets.

How to put on the power belt?

Belts, for the most part, cinch at the bottom of the stomach. They are worn over your sportswear around the waist. There are no special instructions.

You also need to be careful how you tighten the belt: too much, and you risk cutting off blood circulation and hindering movement; too little, and you'll be hindered in your movements, but above all you'll lose the belt's effectiveness.

For which bodybuilding exercises should I use it?

The exercises to be favored while wearing a back belt are all of the following:

  • The deadlift
  • All types of squats
  • Rowing with bar
  • Military developed and variants

They will help you to solicit the abdominal strap in depth. You can also wear it when you do pull-ups, but also for all exercises that require the contraction of the abdominal muscles such as the squat or deadlift. Wearing it allows the abdominal muscles to work better and to remove visceral fat.

The possibilities of use of such a bodybuilding belt are therefore varied and allow to put it almost during a whole training session. You can also supplement it with heavy loads and thus deepen its effect on the abs deep.

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Advantages and disadvantages of bodybuilding belts

The advantages

There are several advantages to wearing such a lifting belt. More than an accessory, it is a true ally in the practice of a physical activity. In particular, during the practice of bodybuilding, since it allows to absorb the shocks linked to such an intensive practice and to such a thorough use of the body.

It allows a better body support and a better posture during the training.

It helps to lose the fatty mass present on the abdominal belt by stimulating the key zones. Their regular use therefore promotes fat loss and waist refinement, but also muscle gain.

The disadvantages

The cost of a bodybuilding belt can be a deterrent for some, depending on the model chosen. There may be the discomfort of wearing such an accessory when practicing sports.

You'll keep your belt for at least 10 years. So it's an investment for your many muscle-building sessions to come.


Whether you're a novice or an expert, bodybuilding is a rich and varied sport. It never ceases to push the body to new heights in order to achieve a set goal, or simply to surpass its limits. Various tools and techniques are available to help you. Among them: the belt, a bodybuilding accessory.

Although there are a multitude of models to choose from, some are more recommended than others because they are more complete.

Nevertheless, it must be borne in mind that wearing a seatbelt is no substitute for a varied and balanced dietIt is not only a matter of losing fat, but also of regular physical activity and sports, especially with a good bodybuilding program and good movements! Indeed, the belt alone cannot guarantee you a loss of fat and a gain of muscles.  

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My personal opinion

Despite the fact that I am not a powerlifter, I have always used a leather belt. In fact, I can tell you that even though it's more expensive than nylon, you'll probably keep it for your entire sporting career. In other words, the more expensive and the better the quality, the better the leather will hold up. What's more, its double-pin buckles are extremely sturdy.

It's mainly used on certain exercises like the squat, deadlift or rowing, but for my part, I use it for virtually all my workouts. I take it to the gym every day and use it for almost all my sessions. As a precaution and to avoid injury, it's a reflex I've adopted. It forces me to pay attention to my posture during training. It's still my habit, of course, but if you're more comfortable using it only for certain exercises, that's up to you.

Whether you want to build muscle in a specific part of your body, or gain muscle, following a complete weight training program established by a sports coach will allow you to reach your goals more quickly, while avoiding any risk of injury.

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