“Lee Priest has been my favorite builder since the 90s and I appreciate the videos. I have a question. I was wondering what are Lee’s thoughts on weight lifting belts?” – Nick
Lee Priest answers a question from a fan who is curious about using gym belts, and Priest shares his thoughts on the type of idiots that show up to the gym wearing their belt already. He makes fun of them, imagining the scenario where their power steering is broken and they need these belts to help drive their car.
If you don’t want to be a goof, don’t wear the belt for your entire workout. That just doesn’t even make sense.
Priest does use a belt, and encourages you do to the same, but there’s a time and a place for everything.
“Anything where you put a strain on your lower back, put it on for safety…”
This belt is only for certified bad boys:
Basically he says that you should save the belt for your heaviest lifts, if you’re only squatting a plate, you really shouldn’t need it. If you’re only leg pressing a light amount of weight, don’t bother with the belt, unless you have really bad joints… in which case, you should probably be skipping this particular exercise anyways. Sage words from one of the masters.
That face you make when you’re talking about guys who wear belts to lift 1 plate on the leg press:
And if you curl in the squat rack? “The world is your oyster.”