Buying Guide: How to Choose a Weightlifting Belt

Step-by-step Instructions

Here is what you need to do...
Step 1

There are different types of weightlifting belts made of different materials. Some are made of nylon. Others are made are made of leather. Costs vary greatly from $11.99 for a nylon belt to more than $100 for some leather ones.

Step 2

There is a foam version available on Amazon that promises to be lightweight and keep you cool. It is only $14.97

Step 3

When choosing a weightlifting belt, it is important to consider thickness. The thicker the belt, the more support you will get higher up your back. Although, if it is too high, it can be uncomfortable and provide little support.

Step 4

Consider ease of cleaning and maintenance. Can you put the belt into a washing machine?

Step 5

Consider portability. Does the belt take up a lot of room when not in use? Can it be folded and easily fit in your gym bag?

Step 6

Some models come with an instruction manual or training tips.

Step 7

If it includes a warranty, how long is the warranty? Are there any fees associated with getting the item repaired or replaced?

Step 8

Consider the width of the back portion of the belt. Some belts are wider where they rest against your back.

Step 9

Consider the ease of putting the belt on and taking it off. Does the belt include a buckle, velcro or easy to close snap lock?

Step 10

Consider comfort, protection and padding. Some dip belts have comfortable padding on the inside of the belt.

Step 11

Look for a belt with a thickness equal to the length from your waist to your lumbar. The lumbar is where your back starts to curve when pushing out your chest. This curve is where you are going to want support.

Step 12

Typically, the length will be between 4 and 12 inches. Choose a belt that is comfortable and provides solid support. Think about how big your waist is. Use the size from a pair of your own pants as a starting point and go from there.

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Make sure the belt is comfortable and provides support. Otherwise you will not use it and you'll be wasting your money.

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I have been using a weightlifting belt on my heavy compound lifts like deadlift, squat and military press. The belt can be great for obtaining additional back support.

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