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Leather weight lifting belts are thick, padded large belts that are designed to be worn around the mid-section during weight lifting and resistance training. The belts not only help to stabilize your core and add support, they also provide protection for the back and abdominal muscles so you’ll be less-likely to sustain an injury through training. Typically made of quality leather, the average weight lifting belt is around six inches in length, though some are smaller, while others are sometimes larger. They are secured at the waist with a sturdy metal buckle, and they can be adjusted in size at the buckle holes, just like a regular belt.
Weight lifting belts can be used for a variety of different exercises in the gym. Typically, they are used for heavy compound movements to assist with stabilization and support. Compound exercises work multiple muscle groups at once, and many of them rely heavily on your core stabilizer muscles. A leather weight lifting belt helps keep the core sturdy, so you can generate more power and perform the exercise effectively. You can also attach chains to the belt and clip weight plates onto them for added weight and resistance when performing exercises like dips and pull-ups.
Some primary benefits associated with using weight lifting belts include:
When you exercise, it is vital that you practice proper form at all times. If you fail to perform an exercise with perfect form, you run the risk of sustaining an injury, plus you will also not see and feel the full benefits of the exercise. If you’re barbell curling for example, you may arch your back slightly and lean back to gain momentum. A belt helps keep your back straight, so you can stabilize yourself at your core and lift with your biceps as you’re supposed to do.
Another reason to wear a belt when training is to allow you to generate more power. A weight lifting belt boosts intra-abdominal pressure which stabilizes your core and allows you to create more power during the lift.
A leather weight lifting belt is also designed to help keep the wearer safe and protected against injury during training. Belts support the back so you’re less likely to injure your back, plus they also protect against hernias and torn abdominal muscles. This means that by wearing a weight lifting belt, you can train relatively heavy, safe in the knowledge that an injury will be far less-likely.
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