Frequently Asked Questions
A powerlifting belt is a sturdy, wide belt worn during powerlifting exercises (e.g., squats, deadlifts, bench presses) to provide core stability and reduce the risk of injury. It helps lifters lift heavier weights with better form.
A powerlifting belt works by increasing intra-abdominal pressure when you brace your core against it. This pressure supports the lower back and helps maintain a straighter, more stable spine during heavy lifts.
Powerlifting belts can benefit lifters of all levels, from beginners to advanced athletes. They provide support and encourage proper lifting mechanics, which can be particularly helpful for novice lifters.
Powerlifting belts are typically wider all around and thicker, providing more rigid support for heavy squats and deadlifts. They are designed specifically for powerlifting movements.
You should primarily use a powerlifting belt for squats and deadlifts, as these exercises place the most strain on your lower back. Some powerlifters also use it for bench presses, but it's not as common.
Measure your waist at the level of your navel and consult the manufacturer's sizing chart to choose the right size. The belt should fit snugly but allow you to breathe comfortably.
While you can use a powerlifting belt for other exercises, it's not ideal due to its rigidity. Olympic lifts require more flexibility, and bodybuilding exercises typically don't require the same level of core support.
No, a powerlifting belt should not replace core strengthening exercises. While it provides support, it should be used as a tool to enhance your performance, not as a substitute for a strong core.
Generally yes, new powerlifting belts can be stiff at first. It's a good idea to gradually break them in by wearing them during lighter training sessions before using them for max-effort lifts.
While a powerlifting belt can reduce the risk of certain back injuries, it cannot guarantee complete protection. Proper technique, progressive training, and maintaining overall strength and flexibility are also essential for preventing injuries.
The most popular option is 10mm thick, however we also offer 13mm where more support is needed. 13mm is stiffer with a longer break in period
We only offer padding on our Olympic belts.