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    When and when not to wear a belt

    How do you get in belt-less work, and do you wear a belt for accessory lifts? I'm thinking this is an individual thing.

    I'm doing the GZCL method and plan to do closer to the minimum amount of reps for each exercise on some days. Then I'll lower the weight and get in a lighter set with no belt at the end. Then I go belt-less for my higher rep work at the end of the work-out.

    How do you personally go about this?
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    I try to use a belt only for the top sets that day, and do all backoff work beltless. But many days it just depends how I feel. If feeling strong, a lot of beltless. If not so strong or if saving a bit of juice for the next day, then more belted work.
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    There's no hard and fast rules.

    The only real advantage of not wearing one is it limits absolute load, which can be a method of limiting fatigue.
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    Recent and relevant, with link to a Nuckols article. TLDW at around 6:00. Vid is specifically about the paused sumo variation, but the general point could apply to all training.

    Basically, more belted training gives you better feedback about your positioning when lifting with a belt, and there's no significant benefit to *not* wearing a belt. If you move your heaviest weight with a belt, then go ahead and train with a belt all the time.

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    I wear a belt for any DL or SQ above 1 plate tbh. And on heavy rows sometimes.

    Read a good long time back that there is no downside to wearing a belt unlike many people thinking its used as a crutch (which just means they dont understand how to use a belt since you use it to press against rather than to squeeze you so that you dont need to flex your core).

    Since then I have had far less issues with my back, legs and sciatica and allowed me to train harder.
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    I workout at home alone, so I'm going to be extra cautious and use a belt for anything back related.
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