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Old 12-03-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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Mabbers I've got a q for y'all.

Is it wise to always use a belt for strongman events? I personally always train my deadlift and squats and everything else basically without a belt because I feel it gives me more core strength stimulus. Would that same reasoning apply to strongman or would using a belt for things such as yoke carries and farmers walks etc simply allow one to train heavier and progress better as a result of it?
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:15 PM   #2
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I guess that would be up to you. A belt should help you use more weight on you squats, Deads, carried, etc.

I'm of the opinion that using a belt won't hold you back if you're using it for your heaviest sets of lifts. Based on your reasoning for not squatting and deadlifting with a belt, I don't see why you wouldn't train strongman events the same way. I'm new at all of this, but getting more weight, regardless of the lift, would be the ideal goal for me.

So to give you my complete answer: A belt will usually allow you to use more weight. Training heavier over a period of time, in the simplest sense, will allow you to be stronger than if your loads are lighter.
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Old 12-03-2013, 06:34 PM   #3
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The best i can explain it would be if its too heavy to have correct form wear the belt.

When using lighter weight we all can pretty much use good form.

When the weight starts getting heavy alot of time form goes out the window and rounded backs, buckling legs, ect ect start happening and you are more likely to injure yourself. Its all lightweight until you get injured and have to take a month off from training.
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Do both. Never hurts. But don't be fooled to think you're not working your core strength by using a belt. You do and simply helps to keep you tighter
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Do both. Never hurts. But don't be fooled to think you're not working your core strength by using a belt. You do and simply helps to keep you tighter
I agree here. If core strength is a concern, work the core.

Try a belt and see what you think.
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I'll use a belt for deadlifts, carries, and presses but I don't care for them at all on stones.
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I think it is preference, I use a belt on heavy farmers, yoke and presses.

I do not use a belt on odd objects like stones or keg carries.

I know my belt helps me a lot, maybe it is mental but I think it helps
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If you're competing in SM, get every possible advantage you can. Just don't belt up too tight on carries, you may not be able to get enough air for the full course length.
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Good points made by brute and KC.


I have cycles where I train the yoke and farmers without a belt, always seems to improve either on time or weight once back using a belt so it has its place
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