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Old 09-30-2011, 10:35 AM   #1
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Last night when I was deadlifting I used my belt on my final heavy set. I've noticed over the last 4-5 weeks my weight belt has really been restricing my breathing as I do my set of 5. I simply can't get full breaths in by my 2nd or 3rd rep. And it is starting to impact my pull.

When I put the belt on I flex my abs and put it on so that it is snug, but no overly tight. Snug enough for my abs to flex against.

Has anyone experienced this issue? Am I wearing it wrong? To tight? To high, to low?

The belt I use is a cheapy Valeo that is approx 4 inches in front and 6-8 in back. I need to upgrade, but even though it is crappy, I don't think it is necessarily a problem with my belt.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:41 AM   #2
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Or am I just being a sissy and this is just what happens when you wear a weight belt?
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:43 AM   #3
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I've had problems myself with wearing a belt and doing anything with proper depth.
I'm told placement can be tricky - it might just be where you're situating it.
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Old 09-30-2011, 10:51 AM   #4
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I have read about that issue, previously. Can you access this link?

Look hot, live long: the ... - Christine Lydon - Google Books


(page 101-102)


It doesn't give much info, but it does highlight anything below 80% of 1RMs should be done with no belt if possible and to remove the belt between sets; both of which you probably do. It also highlights that the belt restricts movement in L4-L5 area of the back etc. It may be of some use to you.
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Old 09-30-2011, 11:03 AM   #5
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I have read about that issue, previously. Can you access this link?

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(page 101-102)


It doesn't give much info, but it does highlight anything below 80% of 1RMs should be done with no belt if possible and to remove the belt between sets; both of which you probably do. It also highlights that the belt restricts movement in L4-L5 area of the back etc. It may be of some use to you.
Thanks for the link. I don't know off the top of my head what percentage of my 1 rm my 5rm works out to. I do know it feels heavy enough to me that I feel the need for the extra support when deadlifting.
I always remove my belt when not in use and only use it on the heaviest set.
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I have had issues while on food binges and my digestion is backed up.
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Thanks for the link. I don't know off the top of my head what percentage of my 1 rm my 5rm works out to. I do know it feels heavy enough to me that I feel the need for the extra support when deadlifting.
I always remove my belt when not in use and only use it on the heaviest set.
The digestive/regular motion points are important ones; when the stomach is full there is more pressure on the chest area because the lungs cannot expand as far downwards as they should be able to and so breathing is restricted, add a belt and you get even further restrictions on the breathing. The fullness of the stomach can also cause food to be forced back up into the throat and for GERD/acid reflux to take place; using a belt under those circumstances could add to the problem, since even squatting and movements that place added pressure on the abdominal area can cause the reflux to occur even without the addition of more tension in the form of a belt.


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could be placement, could be that you have gained weight or holding water, too tight...hard to say, just experiment with different positions and tightness.

I had my belt on too tight once and bruised my ribs really nice...lol It was on a 315 front squat attempt...lol
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I have had issues while on food binges and my digestion is backed up.
This is actually an interesting point. I have kind of lacked on fiber this week, for whatever reason. And have been on a meat and potato type diet. This could be having some sort of impact. I don't want to get TMI on everyone, but I'll be eating salad at lunch because the system isn't regular this morning.....
I almost am considering not posting this. Sorry guys if that was too much info.
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