If you plan to lift heavy or even moderately, I can’t stress enough the importance of a good stiff weightlifting belt, aka a weightbelt.
It gives extra support to your back and abdomen. Especially great for the lower back as it is susceptible to damage if movements are not done correctly…So, do it correctly and use a weightbelt dammit!…I’ll calm down now…
Anyway, they are used through out commercial industry for physically demanding jobs such as dock loaders and FedEx and UPS shops use them when lifting loaded packages.
In this video down below is my friend and fraternity brother, Scott “Hoss” Cartwright. You will see him use two pieces of gear for this major lift.
A weightbelt and knee wraps. (Well talk about knees wraps and wraps in general in another post) And of course the basic shorts, T-shirt and a pair of shoes.
His lifting shoes if I am not mistaken are a pair of Converse high-tops. But for this lift I am not sure. For this lift he squatted 1000lb. 800lbs. on the bar and 200lbs. in chains. He did 5 reps in this video. “Hoss” is strong like bull!!!
Remember, a weightbelt is not a fashion statement. It is a lifting tool to help you keep your spine from buckling and to keep your insides in.
And they assist you in achieving your maximum lifts and offer support for a vulnerable area such as your lower back.
I remember using mine as a way to make my tummy look smaller and make my chest look bigg….Let’s all forget I mentioned that last sentence…Please?
Anyways, what I am trying to say is that a weightbelt is a tool to be used in weightlifting or work conditions requiring a heavy lifting during the working day. Baggage handlers use these everyday at their place of work as well.
Constant turning of the torso under the stress of moving large heavy bags around can and will and eventually take its toll on these workers backs.
They are also used in construction. The people who lift the boards of wood, the bags of concrete, the piles of materials that are used in the construction trades. As well as the movers when the house or building is done.
There is a universal need to protect the back and abdomen section of the body. Besides, the hernia or lower back muscles you save might be your own.
So, protect your back. I have had back problems and it sucks…Really, really sucks. I’ve been stuck in bed for days with back issues. Nothing like crawling to the bathroom to take a piss and then needing to take a deuce 30 minutes later…
Now that was a pain…in my a**.