A Weight Belt Hinders Core Strength Development

Should you use a weight belt when doing exercises like squats and deadlift? The answer is generally no.

Unless you are a powerlifter using super heavy weights, you shouldn't use a weight belt. You need your body to develop core strength and stabilization without the help of a weight belt. If this means lifting a little lighter load to develop core strength then that's okay! Don't let your ego lead to low back injuries!

If you are recovering from a low back injury, a weight belt could come in handy until you recover. In this case, tighten your belt during the lift and loosen it between sets. Research shows that your blood pressure can significantly elevate during the lift while wearing a belt.

As a general rule, you want your body to develop strength under loads that it can handle. Sacrifice lifting less weight on exercises like squats, deadlift, good mornings and standing shoulder press to naturally strengthen and stabilize your core and other musles.

Train hard and safe!

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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
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About Mark

Mark Dilworth is a Lifestyle and Weight Management Specialist and since 2006 he has owned Your Fitness University, Her Fitness Hut, My Fitness Hut, Sports Fitness Hut.

Mark has helped thousands of clients and readers make lifestyle changes that lead to better long-term health, which includes acceptable body fat and ideal body weight.He does not recommend fad diets, quick weight loss gimmicks, starvation diets, weight loss pills, fat burner supplements and the like.

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