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My gym mate has started using a belt for his deadlifts. It’s all for show, right?
Not necessarily – though of course I haven’t met the guy. How much is he lifting?
I think he’s up to 110kg now Or that’s what he tells me…
For how many reps?
If he’s using it as a protective measure when maxing out on one to three reps, he might have the right idea. Belts can protect your lower back.
No, this is just for his regular sessions, maybe 10-12 reps at a time. Poser, see?
It sounds like he’s cheating himself out of a good core workout, then. Using a belt will make the lift easier on his abs, as well as his back.
Now that you mention it, my back does sometimes hurt after a big session…
Here’s the rule: if you can’t finish a set of deadlifts without breaking form, you’re lifting too much. Go too hard and you’ll limp home.
Dr Rolland Nemirovsky, sports therapist