Originally Posted by Nephilim
How do power belts function in the deadlift and squat? Are these recommended?
You'll hear different theories about how to use belts and why you should/shouldn't use them. For me, a belt functions to help me stay more upright and take some of the strain off my lumbar spinae. When I deadlift I don't have to fight to keep my back from rounding like I so with no belt. But I pulled 500 before I even bought a belt.
I've heard some say that you should actually keep the belt just a little loose, then try to push your abs out against the belt. I don't think of it this way, but I also rarely use my belt anymore.
I also keep my belt fairly low and not completely tight when I squat. I think about angling the belt downward towards the front and hitching it up on my back, and it feels like I'm putting my "gut" over the belt. On deads, however, I have the belt much higher and really tight.
I think it's ok to get a belt and experiment with it regardless of how advanced you are, but it should only be used on your heaviest sets, and only if you really need it. I feel the same about knee wraps.