A defining moment in my fitness career happen when I was only 17.
It was one of the most profound and vivid memories of lifting I have to this day.
I was young (and dumb) working out at the local hometown gym. My friend Sam and I had decided to work on back squats that day.
Now remember I was just 17, every lift is a ego lift then. There was no program to follow, no true goal in mind, just to “get stronger”
Right as I begin to remove the weight and squat, one of the gym members walks over tosses a belt at my feet.
“Hey big guy you’re gonna need this.” As he tosses a belt at my feet and walks away.
First off I’m 130lbs at the time soak and wet, I was just impressed someone thought I was a “big guy” huge flex to my ego…
Now he was a true big fella, and at that time, might made right in the gym. He said I should use it, so I did.
If I want to look like this guy, I should lift like this guy right?
From then on, I was always wearing a belt, because bro science told me so.
Now nearly two decades later, I still see people slipping into the “I’m lifting so I need a belt” mode.
The very first thing you should ask yourself is “why do I need this belt”
A weightlifting belt is used as a tool in assistance of the lift, it is NOT a pre-requisite for the lift itself.