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Old 02-26-2014, 01:06 PM   #11
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A lot of guys try to use gear way to early. If you dont have a good strength base than it really isnt worth trying. Take a guy like Ryano who said he can get up to 300lbs from a single ply shirt. That is true, but he is also a 500lb raw bencher without really training it. A guy with a 200lb raw bench will not get 300lb of carry over. Hope that makes sense.
Well I think that's where I didn't make the connection that is more of a technique thing with guys that are already incredibly strong rather than just magically adding poundage. I thought it might sound like a bit of a silly question, but i appreciate legit and patient explanations. Ryano makes a good point too about still being able to move heavy iron as you get older. I can certainly understand that aspect too and who wouldn't want to lift for as long as possible?
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How do power belts function in the deadlift and squat? Are these recommended?
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:03 PM   #13
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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.
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This was the first day I ever put on my squat suit. I put every plate I own on the bar and squatted 100lb more than I had ever done before. A few weeks later I got 555 with semi-questionable depth.
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