WHY YOU SHOULD DITCH THE WEIGHT BELT
And the Knee Sleeves, Lifters, and Wrist Wraps
Before I get into this I first want to clear something up. If you have a pre existing injury that requires you to use accessory gear to safely lift then this post is not directed towards you. This is directed towards the athlete who has no history of injuries and is capable of hitting all positions. With that being said let me begin.
Today’s programming calls for a 1 rep max. Any lift. Front Squat, Deadlift, Clean, Snatch, Overhead Squat. Awesome. Athletes love to lift heavy and often. It looks cool, you can brag about it, and you can post it on Instagram.
The problem is everyone wants to go heavy but they don’t really want to spend the time to develop strength.
Are you someone that always puts knee sleeves on, wrist wraps, lifters, and a belt on to perform certain movements in the gym? At what point do you put them on? Warm ups? 60%? 80%? 90%? PR Attempt? If they go on before 90% then you need to consider spending time without them all together.
Can you perform all of the movements you want too without them?
Maybe. Maybe not.
Ditch them all. For now.
This will mean having to take a step back from maybe setting a PR or lifting as heavy as you used to and that can get frustrating but your long term health will thank you.
You will spend your time focusing on movement quality, staying engaged and slowly but surely your weights will go back up, your knees will feel better, your core will be a lot stronger, your back will be healthier, and that wrist pain will go away.
These items should be used as a tool and not as a crutch.
Stop worrying about your numbers and start worrying about the quality of your movements and overall health.
Written by Head Coach, Matt Clyde