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    I'm starting to see this pattern when I squat. When I wear a belt, I seem to have MORE aggravation in my lower back in the hours that follow than when I don't wear one....

    Anybody else experience this, or am I going crazy?

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    My guess is when you wear a belt, you're not focusing on keeping your core as tight as without a belt. That forces your lower back to work harder to stabilize you because everything else in there is slacking off.

    Also could be because you're using more weight when you use a belt.
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    • #3
      Thanks for the reply Sammich, I had the same thoughts. Gonna go without for awhile and see how it goes.

      I also have one of the fatter belts, about 4" wide, I think I have seen thinner, I think? I'm wondering if it manipulates the spine, taking out the natural curve, putting more stress on one of the discs, or the ligaments, tendons, muscles, around that disc. I like to rest-pause to get the last say 5-6 reps, I think my form can start to suffer at the end. Not so much in bending over too much, but not tensing my core enough...
      Last edited by doug1; 07-26-2015, 08:52 AM.

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      • #4
        are we talking powerlifting or bodybuilding here?
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Rocky View Post
          are we talking powerlifting or bodybuilding here?
          Bb, I'm getting old at 44.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by doug1 View Post
            Bb, I'm getting old at 44.
            I am 41 and will be 42 in October, and honestly I feel taht training without belt helps me with mind/muscle connection and allows me to work more stabilizing muscles with proper blood flow throughout my whole body.
            My theory is: If I am needing a belt or knee wraps I am probably using too much weight for my own good.
            If I were you I would ditch the belt, up the reps and focus on form, wit ha solid foundation when squatting
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rocky View Post
              I am 41 and will be 42 in October, and honestly I feel taht training without belt helps me with mind/muscle connection and allows me to work more stabilizing muscles with proper blood flow throughout my whole body.
              My theory is: If I am needing a belt or knee wraps I am probably using too much weight for my own good.
              If I were you I would ditch the belt, up the reps and focus on form, wit ha solid foundation when squatting
              Thanks Rock, good advice. I didn't use one for a long time. Should have left in gym bag.

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              • #8
                I ditched the belt a year or so ago on everything.

                I am no longer doing anything super heavy so no longer use it.

                I ditched wrist straps and gloves etc for all exercises except SLDL and only use them in this exercise as I do sets of 30. I was fine without straps here too until I hit 225lbs and then my hands just could not hold on for long enough and were limiting me.
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                • #9
                  Thanks SAHD!

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