If you’re going to buy a weight lifting belt, buy it from Rogue. I’ve seen too much variation over the years in other belts created by Eleiko, Schwinn, and Nike to not feel comfortable recommending one of theirs.
But using a belt is often used incorrectly. The purpose of a weight lifting belt is to press against to strengthen your bracing–when used with this purpose, a weight lifting belt can be a huge advantage. Here’s what you need to consider when buying your next belt.
When it comes to weight lifting belts, you have two options: one that velcros and the other that clips.
Velcro belts are preferable for cross training because they are easy to loosen and tighten. But if you’re going to buy a velcro belt, buy this one (Rogue USA Nylon Lifting Belt). It is the only velcro belt I’ve seen that doesn’t lose its adhesion after a year.
Belts that clip shut are preferable if you only plan to use it while lifting. These are more sturdy than the velcro belts. The downside to a clipped belt, however, is that you are subject to the spacing in between holes. In other words, you can only tighten the belt in increments of 1/4 inch. But the belt that is loved by powerlifters, weightlifters, and crossfitters alike is the Rogue Ohio Lifting Belt.
Sizing is the last consideration when choosing a weight lifting belt. Follow the sizing chart at the bottom of every belt Rogue sells online (see hyperlinks above). I have found these to be extremely accurate.
When belts are used as tools to strengthen your bracing, they are extremely helpful. I personally recommend the Nylon belt that Rogue sells (velcro) because you can use it in any workout. This is the one that I use.
Stay on track of working out every day. Perform the following workout:
Day 6 (of 50)
1:00 Max Reps Double Unders
1:00 Max Reps Push Ups
1:00 Max Reps Single Dumbbell Alternating Box Step Ups (50/35)
1:00 Max Reps Single Dumbbell Hang Clean and Jerk (50/35)
Other Articles In This Series:
Workout Gear: What Do You Need?
Workout Gear: Shoes
Workout Gear: Gymnastic Grips
Workout Gear: Knee Sleeves
Workout Gear: Wrist Wraps