Today, we're diving into the world of different types of weightlifting belts in India and how to choose the perfect one to suit your needs & lifting style.
👉 Here I will tell you about the best weightlifting belts you can buy to help you make informed decisions.
For those who’ve been following the blog for a while, you know I’ve covered several belts in previous posts, like the best type of powerlifting belt, and the 5 best weightlifting belts in India, do check that out after you finish this! 😵
Now, it’s the ideal time to explore materials and build and provide insights into selecting a durable and effective option. 🔥
There’s NO one-size-fits-all answer.
👍 While it’s true that having a strong back and maintaining excellent form during lifting is essential, some individuals, like those lifting extremely heavy weights or with pre-existing back injuries, may benefit from a weightlifting belt.
However, it’s crucial to remember that a weightlifting belt should not be overused and should complement proper form and core strengthening exercises.
We have leather belts, lever belts and nylon gym belts.
1. Leather belts:
Leather belts, well-known and traditional, offer several advantages.
They are exceptionally durable and can last a lifetime.
I’ve been using a leather weightlifting belt for over 1 year, and it’s as functional as the day I bought it.
The cons of leather belts include their initial higher cost💰, the discomfort when trying to tighten them significantly, and the fact that they can be a bit cumbersome.
👉 Leather belts come with either one pin or two pins for fastening, typically a matter of personal preference.
2. Lever belts:
Within the leather belt category, there are premium lever belts. These come with a lever mechanism, making it easier to put them on and take them off.
Lever belts are commonly used by powerlifters and those doing low-rep, heavy lifting. 👍
However, they can be uncomfortable when cinched extremely tight.
Some people find the lever a bit tricky to adjust quickly, especially when you’re in the middle of a high-intensity workout. It’s like, “Hold on, let me just casually change the tightness of my belt while this barbell is crushing my soul.” 😵
Plus, if you lose that little lever, well, you’re in for a wild ride of improvisation.
3. Nylon weightlifting belts:
Nylon weightlifting belts have gained popularity due to their affordability and flexibility in terms of price 💰 and colour options.
These belts are easy to put on and take off, thanks to their Velcro fastening, which can be adjusted based on your attire and comfort level.
Nylon belts also offer some unique features, such as a wider back for added support, a contoured design to enhance comfort and hip indents for a snug fit.
This design is especially beneficial for those engaging in higher-rep or circuit workouts.
The downside is that nylon belts may not last as long as leather ones due to Velcro wear and tear. However, high-quality nylon belts with lifetime warranties can be a wise investment.🔥
I recommend This
India’s First Weight Lifters belt – Nylon Velcro Belt – With Quick Locking.
Size: 4 available
Brand: Hack Athletics
Colour: White & Black
Closure Type: Velcro
Velcro belts are probably the most common type you’ll find at your local gym.
They are often the first choice for many beginners because they’re affordable and versatile.
Velcro belts have, as the name suggests, velcro as the primary means of tightening. It’s essential to ensure your velcro belt has a sturdy metal buckle, as plastic ones can wear out quickly.
💯 However, velcro belts may not be the best choice if you’re a competitive powerlifter looking for maximum stability. They lack the rigid support of leather belts, which we’ll discuss next.
Let’s move on to lever belts.
✔️ When to Use Velcro Belts:
❌ When NOT to Use Velcro Belts:
I recommend This
Same SBD like Matt Black Steel Lever, precision designed and engineered for heavy-duty lifts.
Size: 4 sizes
Brand: Hack Athletics
Closure Type: Buckle
10mm thick and 4-inch Wide
Lever belts are known for their consistent fit.
The key feature here is the lever that locks the belt at a specific tightness. These belts are usually thicker, typically around 10 to 13 millimetres.
👉 Lever belts are an excellent choice for strength athletes who want stability and consistent support. They are beneficial for powerlifting and weightlifting, especially when you’re working with heavy loads.
One nuance with lever belts is that some offer an adjustable lever, allowing for minor adjustments, and providing a bit more flexibility in fit.
However, they are more expensive than velcro belts.
✔️ When to Use Lever Belts:
❌ When NOT to Use Lever Belts:
I recommend This
Legendary belt, it gives strong core support during squat bench and deadlift.
– Suede leather & metal construction.
– Dual-stitched heavy-duty nylon thread.
– Double-pronged zinc plated steel buckle, rivetted
– Thickness: 6mm, Width: 10 cm/4’’
Prong belts, like lever belts, are relatively thick, typically ranging from 10 to 13 millimetres. The primary feature of prong belts is the prong system for adjusting the tightness.
👉 They offer more adjustability than lever belts, as you have a range of holes to choose from. Some prong belts even come with half-inch increments, making them more versatile in terms of fit.
Prong belts are an excellent choice for lifters who want more flexibility in adjusting the tightness. However, like lever belts, they are not ideal for cross-training and can be uncomfortable for exercises that require deep flexion.
💯 Bodybuilding-style prong belts, with a tapering design and padding, may be more suitable for those in the bodybuilding world.
✔️ When to Use Prong Belts:
❌ When NOT to Use Prong Belts:
Note: Common mistakes people make when buying weightlifting belts in India are opting for the cheapest option available and getting lured by flashy marketing.
A good quality weightlifting belt is an investment that can last for years, so it’s worth spending a bit more to ensure durability and functionality. 😵
Also, be cautious of marketing hype and focus on selecting a belt that aligns with your lifting style and back support requirements.
In terms of longevity, investing in a high-quality belt can last you a lifetime. These brands often offer warranties to back the durability of their belts.
👉 My top pick would be the Hack Athletics Adjustable Lever Belt 💯 for its balance of consistency and slight adjustability. Each belt has its perks, so consider your preferences and needs.
So, consider getting the best belt you can afford for long-term use.
Material matters too—leather for tradition, nylon for versatility, velcro for quick adjustments.
Measure your waist and choose accordingly. It’s all about finding that sweet spot—snug enough for support but not constricting. Remember, a well-fitted belt is your lifting partner in crime!💯
Imagine you’re on a lifting adventure, and there are three contenders: the nimble 3-inch belt, the robust 4-inch belt, and the versatile velcro closure.
It’s all about finding the belt that suits your lifting style and makes you feel unstoppable.
Get a leather hole punch tool, a mallet, and a sturdy surface.
Decide where you want the new hole, measure, and mark it on the belt, using existing holes as a guide.
Then use the leather punch tool and mallet to create the hole. Give it a good tap for a clean cut.
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