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    Thoughts on using a belt for Bench Press?

    A lot of YouTube Bench max PR videos I see the lifter has a weightlifting belt on.

    What are your thoughts guys? Are they worth the investment? Do they really make a difference?

    Also if anyone that sees this is a powerlifting competitor, are they allowed to be used on the platform?

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    It helps give you a tighter feeling on the bench
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    I personally don’t like belts. I feel I’m athletic enough to adjust to any pain I feel but when I’m in a belt I can’t. It forces all of the pressure to my groin area and I don’t like that. I use to have a lift job where we go miles into the air. Didn’t wear a belt then either. Felt restricted and if I fell I’d lose my balls. Rather feel free. To each their own though
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    Every Federation that I know of allows them on bench. Almost every competitive powerlifter I've seen/know uses one for very heavy bench. I think for lighter bench its good to work on bracing without it, but it does help most with bracing for heavy lifts. I do use one when I go heavy and I feel it helps to push against the belt. For hypertrophy/bodybuilding it's probably less useful. Of course there are folks that don't use them - the 'purists' that think they're too tough to use them, and folks that it just doesn't work for (like Immichael above).
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    Originally Posted by BoaBite View Post
    A lot of YouTube Bench max PR videos I see the lifter has a weightlifting belt on.

    What are your thoughts guys? Are they worth the investment? Do they really make a difference?

    Also if anyone that sees this is a powerlifting competitor, are they allowed to be used on the platform?

    Thanks misc fam
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