Gunsmith Fitness lifting belts are the best on the market. We use only the finest leathers in both our ready made and custom belts. Designed to last whilst offering unparralled flexibility and support. Ideal for deadliftings, squats, crossfit and any other exercises where you need back support
How To Choose The Right Lifting Belt & Frequenty Asked Questions
Whether you're an average gym-goer, a powerlifter or a strongman, a weightlifting belt is an essential piece of kit. They provide support, stability, ensure you lift with the correct form and ensure you lift efficiently.
What Is A Weightlifting Belt, Why Do I Need One & Which Type Should I Choose?
Essentially it's a leather or fabric belt that fastens above your waist to support your lower back and abs during heavy lifts. This in turn increases intra-abdominal pressure, therefore helpings to stabilize your spine and protect you from injury.
Types Of Belts
If you want something truly bespoke/personalized then custom is the way to go. Made with the very best leathers available, only premium vegetable tanned leather inners, upholstery quality leather and suedes on the outers. If you want a specific size range, a certain thickness, your name on a belt, a picture of your dog or your favourite anime characters. You name it, we can do it. We've made belts for pro athletes all over the world Check out our Custom Belt Gallery for some inspiration.
Olympic Weightlifting Belt
Olympic belts are 7mm thick, come with padding and are generally more comfortable. They are 4"/10cm at their widest point and taper off. They still offer great support and are a popular choice for most lifters. Available in single prong/double prong and lever options.
Powerlifting Gym Belt
Powerlifting belts are more suited to those lifting heavier weights, think strongmen and powerlifters. Available in 10mm and 13mm, with 10mm being the most common choice, they are without padding and no taper. They are they same width throughout the length of the belt, offering more support yet a little stiffer than the 7mm variants due to the thickness. Available in single prong/double prong and lever options
Nylon/Self Locking Belt
These are thinner, lighter belts with velcro fastening and roller buckles. They offer a tailored fit, simply fasten with the velcro and use the strap/roller buckle for the desired fit. Easy to get in and out, generally favoured by crossfit athletes due to the flexibility and support offered.
Frequently Asked Questions
7mm - Ideal for your average gym goer, you're lifting but not doing crazy amounts on squats or deadlifts. Generally suited for Olympic weightlifting belts
10mm - If you're deadlifting and squatting heavy then you need some additional support. 10mm weightlifting belts are generally favoured for Powerlifting belts
13mm - Even thicker, these are stiffer than the 10mm and much stiffer than the 7mm. Designed for those lifting serious amounts of weight.
Single Prong - A classic design, relatively easy to get in and out.
Double Prong - Favoured by many for the additional stability, it's usually to stop belts ripping under heavy weights. This can happen with cheaper options using poor quality materials. We use only the best materials so you don't need to worry about that.
Lever - Suited for thicker belts and for lifters who's size doesn't change much. Buckle in easy for your lift and unbuckle when you're done, it's that easy.
It's important to measure yourself properly. Take a tape measure around your navel/belly, once you have the size, map it to our size chart and you're good to go. If you're between sizes, go for the larger option, that way you can add more holes to your belt afterwards.
Wear them tight, your core should be braced against the belt. If you are wearing a level belt, if shouldn't pop open when you're braced.
If you need to move your lever to a new holeset, simply unscrew it with a screwdriver and move to the desired position.
If you're a strongman or powerlifter, who is lifting heavy weights and your size does not vary often, this is a great choice of buckle. You're going to get a more secure fit.
We use only stainless steel lever belts, they last a lifetime and don't crack. Many competitors use pewter belts which have a tendency to crack. You don't want that during a heavy lift!
Basically no, it will help you avoid them but of course you need to ensure you have the correct form when lifting.
Our ready made belts come in S-3XL, if you need a different size then a Custom belt is the best choice.
We recommend deadlifts, squats and overhead presses.
Yes they do! There's a lifetime guarantee on all of our belts .
A nylon or fabric lifting belt can provide added support and stability to the lower back during weightlifting exercises. Nylon lifting belts are lightweight, comfortable, and easy to adjust, often the choice for Crossfit athletes.
For leather belts, store flat after use and give them a regular wipe with a damp towel. For suede belts you can use a suede cleaner. For fabric belts, soak in warm soapy water and lay flat to dry.