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    Bench with belt, or no belt

    Alright PL guys, the question is pretty straight forward. To bench with a belt, or not. Is this purely a matter of preference, or a must? I've tried it with a full size comp style belt (4" all the way around) and felt a lil restricted on my arch. And I've tried it with a cheaper, smaller regular weightlifting belt, 4" in the back and tapers down in the front, and felt like I was able to arch a lil better with it. If benching with the bigger belt is better then I will keep using it and adjust. Wanna hear from guys with more experience than I.
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    You need a belt if you are benching equipped. But raw wouldnt require a belt. I dont wear one when I bench raw.

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    Ive worn one to bench raw but not enough to say it does or doesnt help.

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    I used to use a belt but don't anymore. Don't see the need and I've lifted some heavy Weights before. I don't arch my back though.

    I guess if u use alot of leg drive while benching then ican see a belt keeping u tighter .

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    what does RAW mean? Im sorry I don't know.....

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    For me wearing a belt raw on my last 2 or 3 working sets is a good thing I use it like I would to pull or squat and doing so it helps my stability, ability to stay tight and leg drive.

    While I am pushing my abs against the belt it helps me drive my legs harder into the ground but I wear it tight.
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    I use a narrow belt just for benching its a 2 inch wide belt. The wide one takes away from my arch.
    Does it help? I'd say yes, it helps me remember to push my stomach up against the belt.
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    traps are the new abs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trauma RN View Post
    what does RAW mean? Im sorry I don't know.....
    Raw means no lifting gear. No squat briefs or bench shirt.
    traps are the new abs.

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    I bench raw and wear the same belt I squat with and DL with. And I wear that bitch tight as hell. obviously not on the lighter sets but when I get heavy I want to be able to swallow a big breath of air and push out on my belt with my abs like SFG said. keeps me good and tight feeling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trauma RN View Post
    what does RAW mean? Im sorry I don't know.....
    Just you and weight baby!

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    With my own gym I work out shirtless.....no w.o gear exept for drol and dbol pre w.o
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    Mate, I used to wear my belt all of the time, every session. It made me feel somehow bigger and stronger and gave me enthusiasm. Now that I have grown, the muscles I now have make me feel enthusiastic enough because of the squeezes I can now get a hold of. My "sensible" brain tells me I should still wear my belt on back day for bent-over work, but I'm hurting my back with dead lifts while wearing the belt anyways so I think the "it's for support so you don't hurt yourself" reasoning is a bit of a myth.

    If you wanna bench with a belt, go for it! But remember to WORK YOUR CHEST, don't rely on being able to push out your guts on a sooper tight belt to deliver your power. Bring the bar all the way down to stretch the muscle then push the bar up as high as you can and squeeze at the top. Kai Greene teaches the stretch and squeeze philosophy and I reckon it works. When I begin each rep (contraction) I'm thinking of how can I go from the stretch position to call on the muscle bulk to deliver me a bigger and bigger squeeze.

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