What is a lever belt?
A lever belt, also known as a lever powerlifting belt, is a specialized weightlifting belt commonly used in powerlifting and strength training. It is designed to provide additional support and stability to the lifter's core during heavy lifts, such as squats and deadlifts.
A lever belt is typically made of high-quality leather or synthetic materials and wraps around the lifter's waist. The belt features a lever mechanism, located at the front of the belt, that allows for easy and secure tightening.
Pros and cons of a lever belt
The lever belt offers several advantages over other types of weightlifting belts, such as Velcro or prong belts. Of all types of powerlift belts, a lever belt offers the best possible support and stability allowing you to:
- Reduce the risk of injury
- Enhance strength and performance
- Maintain correct lifting technique more easily during your lifts
The biggest advantage of a lever belt compared to a prong belt is the ease and convenience of securing the belt. Lever belts use a lever mechanism that allows for quick and precise tightening and loosening of the belt. With a simple flip of the lever, the belt can be securely locked in place at the desired tightness. This makes it much easier and faster to put on and take off the belt, especially when compared to prong belts.
In contrast, prong belts feature a metal prong that needs to be inserted into one of the holes to secure the belt. Using the belt on the correct tightness can require effort! Especially unbuckling it after a heavy set can be hard when you are breathing heavy.
The biggest disadvantage of a lever belt is that it is not possible to share your belt with your gym buddy. The use of a screwdriver is necessary when you want to adjust the buckle position.
The difference between a 10mm & 13mm powerlifting belt
The main difference between a 13mm and 10mm lever belt is the thickness of the belt itself. A 13mm lever belt has a thicker and stiffer construction compared to a 10mm lever belt. The increased thickness provides additional support and rigidity, which can be beneficial for heavy lifting and powerlifting movements. The extra stiffness helps to enhance stability.
On the other hand, a 10mm lever belt is slightly thinner and a little bit more comfortable. It still provides great support and stability but offers more comfort and mobility, making it more suitable for most of the people.
The choice between a 13mm and 10mm lever belt ultimately depends on personal preference, the type of lifting you engage in, and your individual needs. Generally, experienced powerlifters and individuals who focus on the most heavy compound lifts tend to prefer the 13mm belt for its maximum support. In most cases, however, a 10 mm belt is more suitable because it provides more than enough support & stability and is more comfortable to use for most body types.