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Kind

Athletic belt — a special belt that supports the back when performing strength exercises with significant weight (lifting the barbell overhead, deadlift, squatting with a barbell). Reduces the likelihood of injury to the lower back and spine. Also, the belt evenly distributes the load on the spine and abs.

There are three types of athletic belts:

  • powerlifting belt — a massive and thick belt, which is characterized by the same width along the entire length and is designed to work with weight with a straight back;
  • weightlifting belt — flexible and soft belt, has different widths and is suitable for tilt exercises (optimal for bodybuilding);
  • weight belt — equipped with a chain on which the load is suspended. Designed to perform various push-ups and pull-ups.

Webbing — belts that prevent slipping of hands from the horizontal bar or slipping of dumbbells and barbells. Reduce the risk of injury during strength training (deadlift, bent over row). Made from cotton and elastane.

Press straps — equipped with carabiners for fixing on the horizontal bar. Used when performing exercises on the horizontal bar (pull-ups, leg raises in the hang). Make it more effective to work out the abdominal muscles. Made from nylon.

Bandages — strips of fabric that reduce the load on the hands, elbows, knees and thereby protect them from injuries and sprains. Bandages facilitate the exercise by fixing the joints in the correct position. Made from cotton or synthetic materials.

Bandages are divided into the following types:

  • carpal — protect the wrists during strength training, including bench press and squats with significant weights;
  • elbow — protect the elbow joints when working with dumbbells and a barbell, pulling up on the horizontal bar;
  • knee — protect the knee joints during strength training. Such accessories are useful when performing deadlifts, squats with large weights.

Hooks for traction — hooks with straps that help to hold heavy sports equipment, such as a barbell, in your hands. Reduce stress on hands and forearms. Used to work with dumbbells and barbells, pull-ups on the horizontal bar. Especially useful when doing deadlifts.

Neck training harness — a helmet with straps, a chain and rings, designed to work out the muscles of the neck. It is used during the performance of strength exercises with free weights.

Important: With constant use, the athletic belt and deadlift hooks do not allow you to train the muscles of the back (belt) and forearms (hooks). This leads to weakening of these muscle groups. Therefore, such accessories are best used only when working with large scales.

Clasp

Buckle / double prong buckle – reliable clasp, time-tested. For bodybuilding, weightlifting and powerlifting, it is better to choose a belt with a two-pronged buckle.

Velcro — a more convenient option, but only suitable for athletes who work with light weights. This belt will come in handy when training at home. It is worth knowing that Velcro lasts no more than a year, and after that it must be replaced.

Carbine — more reliable than Velcro and more convenient to fasten compared to a buckle. But such a fastener can quickly fail.

Material

Skin — the strongest and most durable material. Cons: high cost, unsuitable for athletes with problem skin (causes irritation during training). The leather belt is optimal for athletes who lift heavy weights.

Faux leather, nylon, neoprene, polyester — lightweight and elastic materials, will cost less than genuine leather. A product made of such materials does not hinder movement. The disadvantage is the relatively low wear resistance. Such a belt is chosen by athletes working with small and medium weights.

Execution

Depending on the performance, athletic belts are one-, two-, three- and four-layer. The more layers, the longer the product will last. Good belts have three or more layers, and are double-stitched around the perimeter, which gives extra strength.

Belt size (length)

This characteristic allows you to evaluate whether the athletic belt is suitable for a particular athlete. Before buying, you should measure your waist so as not to make a mistake with the selection of the product. It is advisable to choose the right size for a personal fitting.

A well-chosen accessory is fastened on the middle holes and at the same time there is no feeling of discomfort. Athletes’ weight and waist circumference are not constant and may fluctuate throughout the year. Therefore, a few free holes should remain in stock for loosening or tightening the belt.

The size of athletic belts (the smaller number indicates the length of the belt to the first hole, the larger one to the last):

  • 50-70 cm – XS;
  • 60-80 cm — S;
  • 70-90 cm — M;
  • 80-100 cm — L;
  • 90-110 cm — XL;
  • 100-120 cm – XXL;
  • 110-130 cm – XXXL.

Important: some manufacturers use their own dimensional grid. In order not to be mistaken with the size of the belt before buying, you should clarify this nuance with the seller or carefully study the packaging.

Belt width

This parameter depends on the type of athletic belt:

  • powerlifting belt — 10 cm;
  • weightlifting belt — 15 cm (widest part of the belt).

Belt thickness

This indicator depends on the number of layers in the belt:

  • 1 layer — 3 mm;
  • 2 layers — 6 mm;
  • 3 layers — 9 mm;
  • 4 layers — 10 mm.

Chain length

This parameter determines how comfortable it is to use an athletic weight belt or neck training harness. It is believed that the optimal chain length is 100 cm.

Equipment

Weight chain — used for hanging loads. Allows you to do various exercises with weights, for example, push-ups on the uneven bars and pull-ups on the crossbar. As a result, the load on the muscles increases.

D-shaped weight loop — also allows you to work with additional weights.

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