If you have an injury that requires an ankle or knee brace and the doctor has prescribed one, then it should be worn. However, do not wear it at the gym on a regular basis. “On all but the heaviest lifts, meaning at or near one-rep max, weight belts should not be worn," explains Matt Tuthill, C.S.C.S. "By giving continuous external support to the muscles of the core, you weaken these muscles over time. Heavy squats, overhead presses, deadlifts, etc. all train the abs when performed without any lifting gear; a belt eliminates this benefit.”
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