How to choose a New Weightlifting Belt? Ultimate MarkHorx Guide

If you are directly involved in weight training or just doing it to keep fit, then your supply of a new weightlifting belt may be the most important equipment acquisition after your barbell. The search for the right weightlifting belt is an important one. That’s why we’ve decided to help you make the best of our experience and knowledge to help you choose the most useful of these accessories.

Why a weightlifting belt can help you train harder and longer?

Stepping up your weightlifting game does not come as easy as you might think. You’ll need to learn a lot of new skills and techniques that will allow you to progress faster and safer. The first thing you need to include in your shopping list is a decent weightlifting belt. Use this guide to find out what the best weightlifting belts are and how they can help you get stronger. We are going to help you with this by talking about the main criteria you should take into consideration when choosing a good weightlifting belt for yourself:

How to choose a new weightlifting belt

1- Measure yourself

Measure around your waist, about 4 inches above where your pants are. *Do not “suck in”, measure in a relaxed state, then pull the measuring tape tight. Use this measurement to choose your correct belt size.

Take that measurement and use the below size guide on the belt you are interested in ordering.

  • X-Small- 22″-31″
  • Small- 27″- 36″
  • Medium- 31″-40″
  • Large- 35″-44″
  • X-Large- 39″-48″
  • XX-Large- 43″-52″
  • XXX-Large- 47″-56″

2- Go with leather over fabric

Leather Belts: Many athletes seek out weightlifting belts and powerlifting belts regardless of their particular sport. The thickness and stiffness of the belt help the athlete perform lifts with more stability and confidence. This, in turn, gives them peace of mind during competitions when they might be lifting heavier than ever before.

Powerlifters, weightlifters, and strongmen competitors will frequently reach for leather belts. These belts provide the torso with the most stability, so lifters performing maximal lifts will benefit best. MarkHorx specializes in durable and quality leather belts trusted by strength professionals across US and EU. Check out our Leather Belts collections. 

Nylon Belts: These are versatile belts that often benefit CrossFit, functional fitness athletes, and recreational lifters. They provide support, but also offer maneuverability through a variety of movements. This characteristic also makes these belts a little more ideal for beginners who may be new to using and bracing into a belt.

Checkout MarkHorx Nylon belts collection here:

3- Variable vs Uniform Width Weightlifting Belts

If you are looking for versatile use and all-purpose belts, go for a weightlifting belt that has equal width all the way around. If you’re buying a weightlifting belt, you should know that the width of the front and back of the belt should be equal. You can see that some belts are comparatively

Avoid belts with a thinner center and wider sides, as this will create an imbalance in the user’s stability, making it harder for him to maintain control.


 How to find the right weightlifting belt for your needs



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