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Old 12-18-2014, 02:23 PM   #1
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I am having trouble with my deadlift when I wear a belt. I can easily get into position better when I don't wear a belt. My back is much rounder when I wear the belt as opposed to not.

I read an article by Mark Rippetoe where he talks about the belt width but I have two different belt sizes and both suck. I have also tried to wear the belt higher but am not really sure if that is effective.

Does have anyone have any advice, pointers, etc?
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I am having trouble with my deadlift when I wear a belt. I can easily get into position better when I don't wear a belt. My back is much rounder when I wear the belt as opposed to not.

I read an article by Mark Rippetoe where he talks about the belt width but I have two different belt sizes and both suck. I have also tried to wear the belt higher but am not really sure if that is effective.

Does have anyone have any advice, pointers, etc?
I am curious to hear the answers to this..... I have the same issue. My conventional pull form is much better without a belt. Sumo seems to be better with a belt. ( 4" - crappy nylon - just ordered my " real belt")
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How tight are you wearing it? People who aren't experienced with belts and don't know how to use them best tend to wear them too tight and let the belt do the work. Instead, loosen the belt just a little, then get a really big breath, push the air down into your belly and use it to push your obliques out to the belt. I actually feel like I'm trying to rip the belt off by pushing as hard as possible. Maintain that feeling as you (quickly) get down into position, then explode towards the sky.

I actually feel like I'm lifting the bar with my abs. It's a weird feeling at first but when you nail it the weight just flies up.
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I would also say, some people actually pull more without a belt because they are in a better position. My roommate is a really tall dude with a very short torso, so any time he wears a belt of any thickness or width and it digs into his ribs and messes with his set up. He can always pull more without a belt that with. Just some food for thought.
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How tight are you wearing it? People who aren't experienced with belts and don't know how to use them best tend to wear them too tight and let the belt do the work. Instead, loosen the belt just a little, then get a really big breath, push the air down into your belly and use it to push your obliques out to the belt. I actually feel like I'm trying to rip the belt off by pushing as hard as possible. Maintain that feeling as you (quickly) get down into position, then explode towards the sky.

I actually feel like I'm lifting the bar with my abs. It's a weird feeling at first but when you nail it the weight just flies up.
You are right about me over-tightening the belt. When I get into position it always slips probably because of this. I will experiment with the tightness next time I DL. thanks
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You are right about me over-tightening the belt. When I get into position it always slips probably because of this. I will experiment with the tightness next time I DL. thanks
Let us know how it works out so we can learn from your experience.
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Every time I loosen the belt - my pants fall down doh !! j/k
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Some lifters wear the belt higher when deadlifting, than when squatting for example. You could try that.


edit: Oh, you have tried that. Yeah, should be effective - some big damn lifters do it that way.
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I don't use a belt so I have no input. I would try what was mentioned here. Videos would definitely help as well.
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If it's the buckle you can turn it around or try a spud inc belt.
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