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    Should i buy this cheap lifting belt?

    Never owned a lifting belt before. The black one is without padding. The brown one is with padding.
    Not sure which one is better but they're both real cheap. Any recommendations between the two?
    Currently on a budget so i'm trying to get the most bang for my buck.



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    I got my favorite lifting belt at goodwill for $2.

    Purists are going to suggest spending a ton of money on a name brand or an overkill belt made of the finest materials...but for the average lifter (even those who take this hobby seriously), if it’s the right size, it’s going to do the trick for many many years.

    MHO

    I’d go with the black one myself.
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    Originally Posted by grubman View Post
    I got my favorite lifting belt at goodwill for $2.

    Purists are going to suggest spending a ton of money on a name brand or an overkill belt made of the finest materials...but for the average lifter (even those who take this hobby seriously), if it’s the right size, it’s going to do the trick for many many years.

    MHO

    I’d go with the black one myself.
    Thanks for the solid reply. Everyone does always say to spend a ton on an expensive belt, but honestly if this works then it works.
    I've bought a lot of products from aliexpress and they were all great, despite the cheap costs.
    And almost everything you buy in a regular store also got made in china anyway.
    I really appreciate your reply grubman. Finding a belt for $2 is amazing!
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    Originally Posted by backinthegymbro View Post
    Thanks for the solid reply. Everyone does always say to spend a ton on an expensive belt, but honestly if this works then it works.
    I've bought a lot of products from aliexpress and they were all great, despite the cheap costs.
    And almost everything you buy in a regular store also got made in china anyway.
    I really appreciate your reply grubman. Finding a belt for $2 is amazing!
    It’s an older version of this one: https://www.andersonpowerlifting.com...elt-4-inch.htm

    More than ample for my needs.
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    If you have been lifting without a belt, I suggest continuing without a belt until you can get one that has the right shape. I only wear a belt when I am lifting near my 1RM.

    Cheap, ineffective belts have the back side wider than the front. That is backwards. A lifting belt needs to be about 4" wide, particularly in the front. Think about it, the squishy part of your waist is on the sides and front. That is where you want the support, not the back. Avoid tapered belts.

    I have a Spud 4" belt that cost around $60. Much more expensive than the listed above, but much less expensive than many others.

    Or you can get one on the BB.com site for around $20:
    https://www.bodybuilding.com/store/g...d=GRIZZ2500472
    I would trust this belt for support more than the ones shown above.
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    Also, read the Sticky: Belts - A Comprehensive Guide

    How to choose a belt

    All useful belts are the same height for the entire circumference of the belt. Furthermore, they are made of leather and they are never padded. Many of the cheaper belts are tapered, padded and/or made of nylon, but they are made for the ignorant masses, not for you. Since the purpose of the belt is to increase intra-abdominal pressure, and since it does that through cylindrical stress, the height of opposite sides must be of equal heights in order to distribute pressure equally across the surfaces it contacts and it must be rigid - it’s a simple matter of pressure per square inch. The most common height of a quality belt is 4” around. Although there are other height belts, 4” belts are ideal for most people.
    Good advice, although I disagree about avoiding nylon belts. I use a multiply nylon belt for training and a leather one for competitions. Nylon is OK unless you are really pushing yourself and lifting heavy weights.
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    Originally Posted by grubman View Post
    I got my favorite lifting belt at goodwill for $2.

    Purists are going to suggest spending a ton of money on a name brand or an overkill belt made of the finest materials...but for the average lifter (even those who take this hobby seriously), if it’s the right size, it’s going to do the trick for many many years.

    MHO

    I’d go with the black one myself.
    If it's cardboard like my previous Walmart purchase was, it will only last a few months.
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    Originally Posted by RestoringTally View Post
    If you have been lifting without a belt, I suggest continuing without a belt until you can get one that has the right shape. I only wear a belt when I am lifting near my 1RM.

    Cheap, ineffective belts have the back side wider than the front. That is backwards. A lifting belt needs to be about 4" wide, particularly in the front. Think about it, the squishy part of your waist is on the sides and front. That is where you want the support, not the back. Avoid tapered belts.

    I have a Spud 4" belt that cost around $60. Much more expensive than the listed above, but much less expensive than many others.

    Or you can get one on the BB.com site for around $20:
    https://www.bodybuilding.com/store/g...d=GRIZZ2500472
    I would trust this belt for support more than the ones shown above.
    I spent about that much (including tax and shipping) on a Rogue Echo belt. That thing is indestructable!
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