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Weight Lifting Belts - How To Choose The Right One For You

Weight Lifting Belts - How To Choose The Right One For You

The weight belt for a gym enthusiast or athlete is one of the biggest financial investments you will make on your gym kit, so understanding which one is right for you and your sport is very important. With strength sports all having slightly different objectives there is often a need for different belts for different occasions.

For example, a 13MM leather lever belt would not benefit a cross fit athlete much at all, simply as it's far too bulky and heavy for their fast paced movements. However, for a heavy log press movement in strongman it's perfect for the amount of support that is required due to the extensive amount of weight they are moving.

Here we will go through and explain our range of belts below and how their design differences make them suitable to the different occasions.

Nylon Self Locking Belt 

The Nylon Self Locking Belt is an entry level belt that can be worn by any athlete. Designed to be incredibly comfortable while providing suitable support for general weight training and fitness. The self locking mechanism with velcro closure means the belt will never loosen on its own during a workout so you can leave it secure for long periods.  

This feature alone makes it very suitable for cross fit workouts. Being a softer belt it still allows the user to have a good range of motion to perform explosive movements like power cleans and the clean and jerk, often found in popular WOD's.

10mm Double Prong Weightlifting Belt

The 10mm Double Prong Weightlifting Belt is a classic design, 10mm thick and 4" wide along the entire length, with two rows of holes giving nearly 9" of adjustment. As the name describes the belt has a double prong closure buckle. The leather used in this belt is soft and the 10mm thickness is very suited to people wanting to include a good amount of support in heavy movements such as squats and deadlifts.  

Because the belt is quite soft its also very useable in bodybuilding where athletes often have a smaller waist line, sometimes the more rigid 4" belts can be very uncomfortable in this instance.

Overall a very very suitable belt for the classic weight lifter and gym enthusiast that will offer great support and last for years.

10mm Lever Belt

The 10mm Lever Weightlifting Belt is a rock solid belt and is one of the most popular style belts on the market, in turn making it one of the TuffWraps best sellers. The 10mm thickness and pre broken in leather makes this belt suitable for power lifting, strongman and body building. Giving a huge amount of support but is not so rigid you feel restricted.  

The popular lever buckle mechanism enables a quick and secure engagement when putting your belt on and enables you to remove it quickly at the end of your set. 

13mm Lever Belt

The 13mm Lever Weightlifting Belt is the most extreme belt we manufacture and is not for entry level athletes. The belt is rigid and requires a period of bedding in to soften and leather and allow it to form to your waist.

The lever buckle mechanism removes any "faffing" while getting ready for your lift where you just want to be focused on the weight to be lifted. This is a great belt to provide maximum support in single rep power lifting events where support needs to be unrivalled.

A firm favorite in the strongman world also as the weights moved by the athletes really require them to be as supported at all times as possible! This belt is often worn over the TuffWraps Compression Under Belt to add another level of support to the lower back in carrying events like the yoke and farmers runs.

TUFF-X Compression Under Belt

The TUFF-X Compression Under Belt is quite a specific piece of support equipment targeted mainly at the sport of strongman. The belt itself is of a neoprene construction with plastic bones in the back, on its own providing great support while still allowing the athlete the ability to move freely. This is very important in events like atlas stone loading and carrying / loading events.

The belt also has side loops to allow a 4" belt to be worn over the top of it to provide additional support. This is essentially the ultimate setup to provide the most possible support fo the athletes wearing the belts. This is required for event such as heavy yoke runs and heavy log presses where your core needs to be as strong as possible.

Suggested Use's

Nylon Self Locking Belt - Entry level Weight Training & Cross Fit

10MM Double Prong Belt - Bodybuilding / Weight Training

10MM Lever Belt - Bodybuilding / Strongman / Power Lifting

13MM Lever Belt -  Strongman / Power Lifting

TUFF X-Compression Under Belt - Strongman

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