So when should you wear a weight lifting belt and when should you not? Once you’ve mastered the art of wearing and using the belt optimally, you will be able to answer this question for yourself. But for the uninitiated, here’s the complete picture. Probably when you are a beginner or at an intermediary stage of weight lifting, you would need to wear a belt more frequently because your abs are not strong enough or habituated with lifting even the basic weights, or performing your regular squats and deadlifts.
It goes without saying that the weight lifting belt will really help you get the grasp of creating the abdominal pressure to strengthen your back, and thereon gradually scale up from being a beginner to an intermediary weight lifter.
As you go ahead in the learning curve and find your body strength, stamina and endurance increasing, your need to use the weight lifting belt will slowly become restricted to a select set of weights and feats. Finally, as an expert, you will reach a point of time when you strap on the weight lifting belt for those select occasions. When you want to break plateau (which implies 80% or more than your capacity), or you wish to ace that power lift in a crucial tournament without succumbing to a spinal injury.