5 Best Leather Weightlifting Belts
5 Best Leather Weightlifting Belts
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Dark Iron Fitness
Dark Iron Fitness Genuine Leather Pro Weight Lifting Belt
4" wide and 5mm thick
Comfortable to Wear
Adjustable Non-Slip Fit
ProFitness
ProFitness Genuine Leather Workout Belt
Heavy Duty Metal Buckle
Stretch and Tear Resistant
Adjustable, Non-Slip Fit
Harbinger
Harbinger Padded Leather Contoured Weightlifting Belt
6" wide real leather
Steel Buckle
Foam Cushion
Stoic
Powerlifting Belt/Weight Lifting Belt
4-inch width/10mm thickness
Strong nylon stitching
Heavy single prong buckle
Hawk Sports
Hawk Sports Lever Belt
4" wide/10mm thick level
Heavy duty black stitching
12 holes for waist adjustment

Buyer’s Guide

The three most common types of weightlifting belts that you will usually see are a sturdy powerlifting belt, a velcro cloth material belt, and an old school bodybuilding leather belt.

Cloth style belt is not going to provide as much support as the bulky powerlifting belt, but is ideal for anyone doing the Olympic lifts, Snatch and Clean and Jerk. The reason being this cloth style belt is going to provide enough support, but it’s not going to get in the way of that second pole on the Clean and Snatch as the big bulky powerlifting belt would. And the old school bodybuilder lifting belt should never be worn by anyone.

A good weightlifting belt will provide an even amount of material around your entire core. Before we get into how to use a belt, let’s talk about the purpose of a lifting belt. A lifting belt prevents your stomach from sagging forward, which in turn prevents your lower back from hyperextending. The lifting belt helps your abdominal muscles and your lower back do their job. Think of it as an extra set of abs.

Before we go any further, you need to learn how to breathe before using a lifting belt. You need to focus on breathing down into your belly. Do not breathe up into your chest. Your belly should expand full of air, and this will push your stomach out. You want to make sure that while you’re breathing into your stomach, your lower back is staying neutral. You don’t want to simply hyperextend your back and push your stomach out. Before each repetition, you should take a big gulp of air into your stomach.

The pressure in your belly is called Intra Abdominal Pressure. The act of creating an Intra Abdominal Pressure is called the Valsalva Maneuver. Here’s a drill to help you learn how to breathe in your stomach. Lay on the ground with your knees up. Make sure your lower back is in contact with the ground. Place a plate on your stomach. Now take a big breath into your stomach and try to raise the plate towards the ceiling. Now that you understand how to breathe, you are ready to use a belt. Your belt should be snug around your stomach, but not so tight that it pulls your belly in. Pulling your stomach in too far completely defeats the purpose of wearing a belt. As your stomach sucks in, your lumbar spine flexes over or rounds. Your belt should be something that you can press your belly against for added support.

Don’t wear it for your speed days. Don’t wear it for high rep days. Wear it when you’re handling over 90% of your one rep max.

Video Tutorial: Powerlifting VS Weightlifting Belt – How To Wear It


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4 Comments

  1. Interesting article! I actually never knew the difference between a powerlifting and weightlifting belt, including how to wear either or properly use it during exercise. The video you included really helps to make it understandable. I imagine it’s important to find a leather belt that is comfortable to wear and adjustable to a non-slip fit, especially if you’re in the gym regularly.

  2. Why are all belts 10cm (4 inch)? 10cm is huge for a guy who is only 170cm tall but not so big for someone who is 200cm. I can bench with a 10cm belt but for deadlift and squat they are very uncomfortable and are pushing into my ribcage.

    1. Hello, Bob! Just the standard. There are different belts available though.

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