Today's sweat session:
45 minutes Spin + CrossFit
7 deadlifts, 145#
7 renegade rows, 35# dumb bells
The renegade rows were freaking heavy. Damn those dumb bells. The deadlifts though felt beautiful. I threw a weight lifting belt on after the first round, just to be safe. It was my first time wearing one - I liked it. Easy to tighten and to loosen as I moved from the lifts to the rows, and from the rows to rower.
I never thought I was "legit" enough to need a belt.
I thought only guys like this used belts (though he looks like he might need two belts.)
A weightlifting belt serves two main purposes.
- Reduce stress on the lower back while the person is lifting.
- Prevents back hyperextension during overhead lifts.
It reduces low back stress by compressing the contents of your abdominal cavity, which increase IAP (intra-abdominal pressure), which provides more support in front of the bones of the lower back. This takes some of the pressure and force off of your spinal erector muscles, which would normally provide the support the low back needs in a lift like this.
Secondly, the belt prevents hyperextension by forming a rigid wall around the torso, connecting the rib cage to the hip.
For some of those lifters who are proprioceptively challenged or a little more novice, a belt allows them "feel" the lift a little better; to be more aware of their lower back position. The sensation of the belt against your back allows you to consider your back position and what muscles must be activated to achieve optimal posture.
However, a belt must be worn tightly or it is pretty useless.
I have a low back injury, so I used the belt. This guy thinks they're pretty useless and add a false sense of security. Whatever, it was the belt or my baby blanket.
So, you think you're going to look like that guy up there if you lift big? Think again my friends, think again.
Making muscles on women look fuggin' good!
Did you watch the Crossfit Games over the weekend?
Don't even have to ask me that question, psh!
It was epic! I loved this article titled "Moments in Time" highlighting some of the most epic and memorable moments of this years Games.
Sometimes, in my dreams, I wish to compete in the Games (like every other Crossfitting fool and their mom), and then I go and enter my stats into MyFranTime, and I'm reminded that I have a LONG way to go. ;) So I just go back to eating my waffles.