How to Choose a Weighted Dip Belt
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When you hop onto the dip bar enough times you will eventually find out that body-weight simply can't cut it forever. You've gotta go heavier in order to get bigger, right? But doing that on the dip machine seems like a challenge...that is, until you get yourself a sturdy and comfortable weighted dip belt.
The best way to go about choosing a dip belt is to pay attention to the amount of weight you'll be adding to your dips. If you're only planning to add 25-45 lbs, then any cheap dip belt will work without much of a chance of breaking. If you're planning on using your weighted dip belt to its ultimate potential, you should invest in one that can handle a ton of weight without leaving ugly and painful marks in your back.
Personally, when I load up with weight on the dip bar, I use the Harbinger 28900 Polypropylene Weight Dip Belt. This belt is both comfortable and strong. The chain can withstand a lot of beating from heavy iron weights sliding around on it, and the belt itself wraps snugly around your back so that you can focus on the good pain in your triceps instead of bad pain in your back. Overall, this belt offers everything I need in order to safely and confidently tackle weighted dips.
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Picking the perfect weight dip belt ultimately comes down to your own personal ability to assess the amount of weight you'll be adding. Like I said, if you plan on working with relatively light weight forever, then any old belt will do just fine. But if you expect to get stronger (which I think we all do) then you're going to want to look into getting a good belt that will fit well and last a long, long time.
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I originally used a very cheap weighted dip belt just so that I was able to add a few pounds here and there. That worked for a little while, but eventually I got strong enough to add weight after a 45lb. plate. I got pretty cocky one day and loaded the belt up with a ton of weight, jumped up onto the dip bar, went down, went halfway back up, then BOOM! The belt snapped and the weights all crashed together on the floor, I felt like I tore a muscle from overextending by going up so fast. It was all bad. After that I got a great belt that could hold any amount of weight and (thankfully) I've been dip-accident free ever since.
When did you first do this & how did you get started?
L started doing weighted dips as soon as normal dips weren't able to offer me enough resistance. What do I mean by this? Well, it is possible to just do as many dips as possible with your body weight -eventually you will get fatigued- but it isn't necessarily conducive to gaining mass in the triceps if you do it that way. After I was doing 4 sets of 15 dips, I knew it was time for a weighted belt.