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Thread: Is it bad to never use a belt?

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    OP's question leads me to believes something has made him question the safety of lifting without a belt. If you have doubts about your being able to lift the big weights safely, wear a belt for your working sets. No need to be macho. Lifting should be a life-long endeavor. Dont risk permanent injury by lifting in a manner that seems unsafe to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john o View Post
    Currently, I don't use a belt. I've considered one and may do so, but it's not an immediate concern.
    Both schools of thought have validity and ultimately it boils down to preference. I use straps
    For some of my heavier deadlift sets and try to increase the poundages for my raw sets as well.
    I know that's blasphemy in some circles but (as others noted) my rationale is I'd rather tax
    my back, legs, etc. To get stronger than have my grip weakness hold my back when the muscles
    Are strong enough to do the lift.

    I realize grip is very important and try to focus attention there as well however. If I applied the
    Same logic to a belt I'd guess I would have one though now wouldn't I? I'm very confused.
    I am glad you brought that up.

    Doing more weight should make your forearms grow because of the hormones released whether or not you are using straps but I am not sure if thats how it works.

    Thats why I am confused also. I dont know if its better to build up a weak area and hold everything else back or to use the equipment that still puts me into the "raw" category anyways and hope for the weak area to develope as well.

    Its kind of a "which came first" ordeal.
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    Hormones released? What are you talking about?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bell View Post
    Hormones released? What are you talking about?
    I dont know what I am talking about thats why I am asking lol.

    I have been reading about how compound movements are supposed to release more test in response to the stress versus non compound movements. I just thinking if this effect is dependent on load.
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