Buying Guide: How to Choose a Weighted Dip Belt

Step-by-step Instructions

Here is what you need to do...
Step 1

When you hop onto the dip bar enough times, you will eventually find out that bodyweight simply can't cut it forever. You've gotta go heavier in order to get bigger. But doing that on the dip machine seems like a challenge... that is, until you buy yourself a sturdy and comfortable dip belt that you can add weights to when performing dip exercises.

Step 2

Picking the perfect dip belt ultimately comes down to your own ability to determine the amount of weight you'll be adding.

Step 3

Some belts are made of synthetic materials and some of leather. Consider the advantages of each.

Step 4

Some belts are padded and some are not.

Step 5

Consider the weight limits of each type of 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 pounds, then any cheap dip belt will work. 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.

Step 6

Consider ease of cleaning and maintenance. Can you put the belt into a washing machine?

Step 7

Some models include accessories.

Step 8

Consider portability. Does the belt take up a lot of room when not in use? Can it be folded into a compact space and easily fit in your gym bag?

Step 9

Some models come with an instruction manual or training tips.

Step 10

If it includes a warranty, how long is the warranty? Are there any fees associated with getting the item repaired or replaced?

Step 11

Consider the width of the back portion of the belt. Some belts are wider in the part of the belt that rests against your back.

Step 12

Does it include a metal chain to hold weights or a rope? Is the chain heavy gauge? Is the chain’s links thin and might bend?

Step 13

Consider capacity. How much weight can the chain or cord hold?

Step 14

Consider the ease of putting the belt on and taking it off. Does the belt include a buckle, velcro or snap lock?

Step 15

Consider comfort, protection and padding. Some dip belts have padding on the inside of the belt.

Step 16

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. 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 to safely and confidently tackle weighted dips.

Special Attention

Difficulties people often experience or parts that need special attention to do it right.

If you plan on working with relatively light weights, 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 a good belt that will fit well and last a long time.

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Funny or interesting story about this topic...

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 getting accustom to using 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?

I 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 dip belt.

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