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    When to introduce belt into workouts?
    What is the sign tells you that you need to start using weightlifting belt? Missing a rep?


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    We generally suggest you start using a belt by week 4 of your linear progression. There's no sign, it's just a great piece of equipment to have.

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    • #3
      Do you recommend using same belt for both squat and deadlift? What is your suggestion on the width and thickness? How about 4" wide 10mm thick?

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      • #4
        For most of us, one belt is just fine. A 4" 10mm belt is a great start. I think that most people do well with that belt once they get used to it. I do tend to wear my belt a TAD higher for my DL than my squat.

        (and before anyone says-I have a short torso, I need a smaller belt, I will just offer that I am a 5'4" tall woman with a short torso and I use a 4in belt. It is very possible for it to work very well and it can even touch your ribs or hip bone and still be fine.)

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        • #5
          Is there a guideline on how to decide whether you need 3" or 4" belt?

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          • #6
            Is it ok to not use a belt? My working weight on squats right now is 275LBS. I’m not using a belt currently.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Fatih View Post
              Is there a guideline on how to decide whether you need 3" or 4" belt?
              Not really. I'd get a 4 inch belt. Do you have some reason to think you'd not be able to use one?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Ghostman View Post
                Is it ok to not use a belt? My working weight on squats right now is 275LBS. I’m not using a belt currently.
                We'd certainly suggest you get one and start using it. A belt gives you something to push against when you lift with the valsalva. It's a very helpful tool if you plan to lift and train.

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                • #9
                  Thanks for this Leah. I've been using a 3" belt for DLs but today I tried using my 4" squat belt and it felt better (I also put it slightly higher than for squats). I remember trying it before and it was too uncomfortable, but maybe I was fatter or the belt wasn't broken in.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Fatih View Post
                    Is there a guideline on how to decide whether you need 3" or 4" belt?
                    I'm 6ft tall and I got a 3" belt for deadlifts and I know I needed it for sure. I have flared bottom ribs, so I can't just place it over the bottom ribs like most people could and the extra size digs UNDER my rib. On the other hand my 5ft2" wife has used a 4" belt just fine. So your rib anthropometry might dictate this a bit.

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