1 day ago
When to use a weight belt or wrist wraps? ⚠️
If they’re in your sport, for example, strongman competitors can use weight belts and wrist wraps, and powerlifters can use weight belts during a competition. For the average weightlifter that’s just looking to be fit and healthy, there’s no need and no benefit other than you’ll lift heavier. However, here is what you want to consider, when you’re lifting with a lifting aid like a weight belt or a wrist wraps, you’re getting good at your lifts with those aids attached.
Lifting aids change how your body operates. A weight belt is a great example. If I put a weight belt on, the reason why I can lift more weight with the weight belt is because it creates artificial core stability. When I have a weight belt on and I put it on real tight, my core will push out against the belt to create the stable core and now I can lift much more weight. Now, what ends up getting trained when I do that repeatedly? What it does is it trains my core to stabilize by pushing out. Let’s say I do this for years and every single time I go heavy I wear my belt. When I take my belt off and I try to lift heavy without the belt it will be a much bigger detriment than it was before, because now my body is confused on how to brace without a belt.
If you’re going for a PR (Personal record) on a squat or deadlift then yes, please use a belt to keep your spine safe. If you want to maximize hypertrophy, you want to use wrist wraps because your hands might give out first before the muscle that you’re working. You want to build your strength that is formed by your body’s natural ability. So, weight belts, wrist wraps, knee wraps, squat shoes, they’re all tools and you don’t want to wear them all the time and make yourself look like a tool. 🙃
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