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Thunder Fitness currently sells three different belts. Two sturdy and heavy duty lifting belts in split leather and one in genuine leather. They are suitable for those who are serious about their training and want really good support and protection during heavy lifting.
The other belt is in fabric material and is suitable for those who want more comfort. It is also a good first purchase for those who want to try out using the belt for deadlifts, squats and more.
Why use a gym belt?
Using a lifting belt stabilises and reduces stress on the spine during heavy lifting. With a belt, you will be able to lift more weight and it can also help you gain more strength and muscle mass. A lifting belt can also be called an Exercise Belt, Gym Belt, Strength Lifting Belt, Weightlifting Belt, Lifting Belt, Strength Belt but there are certainly more names, dear child has many names simply.
The most common and most rewarding use of a lifting belt is in the deadlift and squat, but it can also provide benefits in many other exercises. If you want to take your training to the next level, you should definitely invest in a weight belt!
Different types of lifting belts
There are a few things that differentiate different belts. The two official variants are the powerlifting belt used in the sport/strength sport of powerlifting. The other variant is the weightlifting belt used in weightlifting.
The difference is that a powerlifting belt is the same width all the way around, whereas a weightlifting belt is narrower at the front, so you are not hindered in deep bends.
When people talk about lifting belts and training belts, they are usually referring to a type of powerlifting belt. However, to compete, the belt must be IPF approved, which most are not. Only a select few belts are approved and they tend to be quite expensive. However, it is absolutely not something you need as long as you are not competing.
Furthermore, there are training belts in fabric/textile which are both simpler and cheaper. However, they do not provide nearly as much support as a more expensive sling made of leather material. The advantage of softer belts is that they are more comfortable.
Which is the best belt?
This depends, of course, on exactly what you are looking for. But generally speaking, for most hobby/daily exercisers who go to the gym, a lifting belt similar to a powerlifting belt is preferable. It is the most common, classic and most appreciated choice for most people.
Lifting belt in leather or fabric?
As we mentioned above, there are simpler belts made of fabric. Generally speaking, we recommend lifting belts in leather material as they provide much more stability. Fabric belts may be something for a beginner who wants to try out using a sling, but as you lift heavier and heavier, you really want a belt with a lot of support. There are different types of leather in slings including suede, split leather and genuine leather.
Different types of buckles
There are mainly three different ways to buckle a gym belt, namely:
- Classic belt buckle
- Velcro strap
- Quick-release buckle, “liver”
The most common have long been classic belt buckles which work well but have their drawbacks. It can sometimes be difficult to tighten the belt really tight and then just as difficult to take it off. Velcro straps are generally found on cheaper fabric training belts.
Something that has become increasingly popular in recent years is the quick-release buckle sling. These are called lever belts in English, where “lever” refers to leverage. Lever belts are quite superior to other belts and by far the best choice in our opinion. Once you start using a lever gym belt, you don’t want to switch back to a “regular” one.
Advantages of a liver belt
There are two major advantages to having this quick release buckle on your gym belt. Firstly, you can easily tighten the belt much tighter thanks to the leverage effect.
Secondly, you can tighten as well as loosen it much faster. It’s nice to release the pressure right after a heavy lift and with a lever belt it’s easy to open and remove!
Maximize your workout with one of our lifting belts! Check out the range below: