Bodybuilding and weightlifting are activities which require some specialized equipment. The more you workout, the more you realize a good weight lifting bench, or pair of weight lifting shoes can make all the difference to your performance. The same can be said of lifting belts. If you are considering buying a custom weight lifting belt, here is some information you may find useful.
Why Use A Weight Lifting Belt?
If you are thinking of buying a custom weight lifting belt, we will assume that you already know what they are for and how to use them. You will already be familiar with the Valsalva Maneuver, and how this technique can improve your lifting performance by stabilizing the spine. If you are not, then you probably aren’t ready to invest in a custom weight lifting belt quite yet. An ‘off the shelf’ belt will be more suitable, and you can find details of those in our belt review at the end of this article.
Ready To Buy A Custom Belt?
If you already know how to use a weight lifting belt correctly, and are looking at investing some money in a belt that will last for many years, then a custom weight lifting belt is a good option. You can have one made to your specific requirements, and also have it personalized in any way you desire.
Things To Keep In Mind
If you are a competition powerlifter, you will want to make sure that your custom weight lifting belt conforms to any rules that you may be competing under. The last thing you want, is to invest a lot of money in a custom belt, only to not be able to wear it at competitions! The other things to keep in mind, are the experiences you have had wearing regular weight lifting belts. Was there a particular fastening system you preferred? Would you like a belt tapered in some way, or fractionally less wide than the one you currently own?
Is A Custom Belt Better Than a Regular Lifting Belt?
The answer to this, is that they are no better and no worse. Almost all custom weight lifting belts will be made out of leather, which is the defacto material for making quality lifting belts. This is a hard-wearing and durable material, and many people find that a leather belt lasts them for many decades. As such, a custom belt will surely meet these standards.
The only thing you should really put a lot of thought into, is what logo or phrase you want on the belt. Remember, the phrase you like now, you must still like in 10 or 20 years time! A lot of people go for hashtags or slogans on their belts. Some even go for a company name.
Find Out More About Weight Belts
If you are still unsure if a custom weight lifting belt is for you, we would suggest that you check out our guide to weight lifting belts. Here, we select a range of belts to suit all budgets, and compare them side by side so you can decide what is best for you. To check out our guide to weight lifting belts, please take a look here.