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What exactly does a weight belt do?

The original concept of a weight belt was to be used as a protective measure for the body when lifting extremely heavy weights.  They are designed to protect your back from hyper extending by pushing in your core muscles and allowing them to work efficiently throughout a movement.  This idea has been under constant scrutiny as some experts suggest that weight belts only work when lifting with faulty mechanics and may actually allow for the muscles of the core to become weaker becasue they are not needed to work as hard to stabilize the spine.

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