If you’ve been in a weight room for long enough, you’ve no doubt seen some people walking around with weight lifting belts on.
These belts are incredibly useful, but there are some myths attached to them that might lead to some people being injured.
The first major myth about weightlifting belts is that they will prevent you from being injured. This is simply not the case.
While using a belt may make an injury harder to get, belts are still no substitute for proper form. If you use the wrong form when you’re lifting, you will get injured, regardless of whether you wear a lifting belt or now. Unfortunately, you will likely have more weight on when you do injure yourself, resulting in a bigger injury than if you had just simply worked on good form earlier.
The second big myth surrounding weightlifting belts is that you need them to get big muscles. This is simply not true. While weight belts can help you to lift more, making your targeted muscles stronger, you will still get the same growth without a belt, it might just take a little bit longer. By no means is a lifting belt necessary to get big.
The third myth surrounding weight belts is that they actually help you get a lot stronger. If you actually use lifting belts too much, you will end up weaker overall than if you had gone without them.
Belts take all the pressure off of your abdominals and lower back muscles while you are lifting, giving them a free pass so you can work your chest and back quicker. The result may be a bigger chest and back, but you will also miss out on training your core, which cuts down on your actual functional strength.
What can you take away from these myths?
That a weight lifting belt is a great way to give your weightlifting workout a turbo boost, but that it has to be used within reason. If you are using weightlifting belts too much, you are going to end up potentially injuring yourself or cutting down on your real muscle gains.
Apart from muscle stress and harm, weightlifters risk a more dangerous type of injury; an injury to their backbone. Weightlifting belts are the most important accessory for weightlifters because backbone injuries are seldom curable fully.
Once a problem sets in, the severe pain it entails can adversely affect the quality of life of the affected person. Belts are used in weightlifting competitions and training programs as a protection against injury.
This belt is worn over a person’s back and is usually meant to support the lower back from the onslaught of the excessive weights that the individual lifts. This prevents many short-term and long-term injuries from happening to the individual.
In competitive events, these belts are neither mandatory nor prohibited with the choice being left to the weight lifters.
However, quite a few weightlifters wear them as a precaution to prevent undue injury to their backbones. In professional weightlifting circuits, there have been mixed reactions and reviews about the wearing of belts.
As a benefit, it prevents physical injuries. However, it has been argued that these belts end up fooling the lifter into assuming that since they are wearing the belt as support, they would be able to lift more weight than what they are actually capable of.
This attitude can, however, be changed with proper coaching.
Most experts advise that a weightlifter should be wearing a belt in a competition. However, it is a good idea to wear them at all times while training. When using them during competitions, it is better not to give in to temptations of lifting greater weights.