Good man. You can drop a lot of names that recommend belts and you can also drop a lot of names who don't. Siff was an engineer btw, not a kinesology or biomecanics professer. If you get injured because you didn't wear a belt it is not necessarily because you didn't wear a belt. It could just be because you fucked up. There is a time for belts...but for EVERYONE whenever they do triples or 5's? I don't believe that. I only wear belts sometimes doing rack pulls or anything of that nature where the weight is way above my normal ability on squats or deads. Otherwise I don't feel I need it.
I'm honestly not bothering to talk about belts anymore
. People just need to know that they better spend plenty of time not wearing it too and not all of that work without the belt should be shit light. And as for as CORE work....situps and all the other shit people call core work is really just ab strenghtheing work. It does not necessarily train stabilbility. You WILL become dependent on a belt if you wear it too much. Then if you overestimate yourself one day on something without the belt you will be MORE prone to injury.
One practice I HATE is the practice of recommending belts out of pure paranoia over getting sued if someone gets and injury. Ok, so this is provided for entertainment purposes only and I assume NO responsibility for any screwed up thing whoever may be reading this does in the gym. Train at your own risk.
OK, so I'm covered
. But seriously, could a personal trainer also get sued if they failed to tell someone to take in a good breath into the belly, tighten there abs and hold their breath? This has been shown to increase IAP better than a belt in routine lifting tasks and indeed the most benefit with belts has been shown with intensitiels over 90%. Course then you could injure your back due to your detrained extensors when you move that heavy ass This End Up solid wood sofa in your living room. Then you could sue the guy for TELLING you to use a belt. It's just silly.
If you feel vulnerable and that you need a belt you probably do. But if you need a belt to do PR days on an intemediate program then you probably haven't been training well in the first place or you have a really bad back or something.
I will tell all you guys this who like to wear belts on every thing they do. When you end up injuring your back or something the one time you lift heavy without the belt, don't come asking me to help rehabilitate it