Let me start off by saying I am not a professional or advanced powerlifter. I have learned a lot about weight lifting over the past year and a half, and I know I still have a lot more to learn.
I began lifting with equipment I had at home. It wasn’t anything special. I didn’t have a power cage, all I had was a standard size bar and some plates. I wasn’t able to squat heavy without a power cage, but I was able to deadlift heavy.
Is a Lifting Belt Really Necessary?
When I first started deadlifting, I thought I didn’t need a lifting belt (and I didn’t, at the time). Eventually, I invested in a cheap, Northern Lights Velcro belt that I didn’t use often. My waist around my belly button is around 28″, and the belt was still a little large in the small size. It was doable, but the Velcro was hanging at the end a little. Still, as I began to deadlift closer to my one rep max, it did the job.
During a few sessions when I was deadlifting 80% of my one rep max, I felt extremely weak. Why did I feel so weak? And then I realized I wasn’t using my belt. As soon as I put my belt on, my core felt so much tighter, and I felt like the lift was so much easier. It was during those times, I realized yes, a weightlifting belt is definitely necessary when you’re doing low reps with heavier weights.
The cheap belt suddenly unraveling mid-lift was always in the back of my mind. Luckily, it never did. At this point, I was using that belt to deadlift 180lbs for lower reps, with 210lbs as my one rep max.
Right after I moved from Canada to the US, I invested in an Inzer Forever Lever Belt in the 10mm.
BEST DECISION EVER.
There are two options for the Inzer Forever Belt. After searching many reviews on lever vs. buckle, I opted for the lever version. The only downside to the lever is that some people use two different types of tightness, one for squats and one for deadlifts. Consequently, an upside is that it is quick and easy to pop off after the lift.
While I have a power rack here at my apartment, I haven’t used my Inzer Forever Belt for deadlifts since I don’t have a platform yet. I use it for squats, and it helps me with my core/form and the lift itself as a whole.
Breaking It In
People say that you will get some bruising since the belt isn’t broken in. So far, I haven’t received any bruising of any kind at all. It has, however, left marks around my torso, all of which disappeared in a few hours.
Fortunately, the biggest problem is trying to get the lever to unhook from the holes! It’s a nuisance, but I’ve heard that once it’s broken in, it’ll be easy. Currently, I’m using a screwdriver to pop it off.
Before purchasing my Inzer Forever Lever Belt in the 10mm, I was searching forums upon forums about what kind of lifting belt to purchase (velcro, buckle, lever, 10mm, 13mm, Inzer, Rogue, Shiek, etc.) Some lifters even opted for cheaper belts ($20), and they probably lift heavier than I do. But in the end, I’m extremely satisfied with my purchase, and I wouldn’t trade it in for any other style or brand.