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Best Weightlifting Belts

Different exercises call for different equipment, and weightlifting is no exception. Whether you’re a newbie weightlifter or practically a pro – choosing the right equipment can be tricky.

You’ll want the best equipment that’s not only durable and safe but made with quality right here in the USA. That’s why we’re here to help. Below is our research on the best weightlifting belts made in the USA and all the factors that went into our research.

Our Findings

In a controlled environment, weightlifting belts help men and women of all ages and sizes to build and tone muscles. And while there are several U.S.-made weight belts to choose from, only a few stand out from the crowd. One company even shows up on our list twice, Rogue Fitness – headquartered in Columbus, Ohio.

We know a quality belt when we see one, and Rogue is a quality manufacturer. In testing various weightlifting belts, we landed on four categories: Deadlift, CrossFit, Most Affordable, and Best Quality. Let’s get into our recommendations.

Top Recommendations

Best Weightlifting Belts Best for:
Rogue Faded 4″ Lifting Belt Overall Quality
Rogue USA Nylon Lifting Belt Crossfit
Dominion 3″ Leather Weightlifting Belt Deadlift Belt
Schiek Model 2004 Lifting Belt Most Affordable

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Ready to dig a little deeper? Let’s take an in-depth look into why these four stand out.

Best Quality

Rogue Faded 4″ Lifting Belt

Rogue is a really well known name in the weightlifting community. Not all of their products are made in the USA, but some of their weightlifting belts are, and this Faded 4″ Lifting Belt is a great option. Partnering with powerhouse Pioneer Lifting, Rogue crafted the Faded 4” Lifting Belt for anybody and everybody who is serious about weightlifting.

The belt is 4”, 8.5mm made from tanned sole leather with black buckle and prong, and the Rogue signature loop. The holes are set at a half-an-inch apart so you can get a perfect size, and the quality and comfort are highly rated as well. It’s durable, comfortable, offers precision sizing, and well-made; who could ask for more?

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Things we like:

  • .5” holes for precision sizing
  • Durability
  • Comfort

Things we don’t like:

  • Tend to run large – double check sizing

 

Best for Crossfit

Rogue USA Nylon Lifting Belt

Like most weightlifters, CrossFit enthusiasts utilize a weightlifting belt when looking for back support and stability – usually when increasing core muscles. The Rogue USA Nylon Lifting Belt is our number one choice because of its quality construction and dependable support, specifically made with CrossFit in mind.

The best part about this particular belt is the contour fit it provides while still allowing for movement and stability. The hook and loop velcro buckle allows users to adjust to the perfect size as needed, and never pops open mid-workout. Plus, you can add your favorite patch to this belt for a custom design.

The nylon material is another benefit for CrossFit workouts; the belt is easy to get on and off and adjust as needed. Co-designed by CrossFit Games Champion, Mat Fraser, you know it’s a worthy weightlifting belt.

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Things we like:

  • Available in several colors
  • Velcro section for unique patches
  • The strap is easy to loosen and remove

Things we don’t like:

  • Doesn’t last as long as leather belts (either too odorous or velcro loosens)

 

Best Deadlift Belt

Dominion 3″ Leather Weightlifting Belt

Those looking for a great deadlift belt will appreciate the Dominion 3” Leather Weightlifting Belt for its high-quality manufacturing and durability. Unlike other leather belts, the Dominion 3”, 10mm is made from top-grain cow leather and doesn’t use plastic or foam fillers.

Since it’s a single piece of leather (with no stitching, glue, or fillers), this belt will last you for years, providing support for all of your deadlift needs. At only 3 inches, it’s not bulky or cumbersome like other leather belts. The single prong belt is fully adjustable, with 11 holes set 1” apart so you can adjust as your waist size changes. There’s simply no doubt about it; this 3” weightlifting belt stands apart from regular 4” belts and is perfect for deadlifts.

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Things we like:

  • Quality-made leather belt
  • Comfortable fit
  • Long-Lasting

Things we don’t like:

  • Metal on the buckle a bit heavy

 

Most Affordable

Schiek Model 2004 Lifting Belt

Competitors and beginners alike recognize the Schiek Model 2004 Lifting Belt as a top-quality weightlifting belt. Not only does it stand apart in shape (contoured with larger sides), but it’s also great for those looking for a more budget-friendly lifting belt. While it’s made our list as the most affordable option for weightlifting belts, it’s also a great option for beginners just getting into the sport.

This is a nylon belt that provides comfort and durability, and the extra padding on the back gives even more support. The actual belt itself is also a stand-out feature, with two layers of velcro that give lifters confidence of support and reliability during workouts. Competitive bodybuilders and Olympic weightlifters choose this belt during competitions, and it’s no wonder why: the shape, support features, and durability make the Schiek Model 2004 one of the best weightlifting belts made in the USA.

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Things we like:

  • Unique shape gives extra support in the lumbar area
  • Nylon material for comfort
  • Two-layer velcro buckle system for support

Things we don’t like:

  • Not approved for professional powerlifting competitions

Recap: Best Weightlifting Belts Made in the USA


Factors We Considered

Size (or Thickness)

Most belts are made at 4” – that’s pretty much standard in the weightlifting community. However, the Dominion 3” is making waves. The real number to consider is the thickness of the belt, you’ll see 8mm, 10mm, and even 13mm. This ultimately determines the amount of support you’re getting, and therefore how comfortable the belt is. Most beginners start with 10mm, it’s more affordable and breaks in faster than 13mm.

Material

Personal preference is the decision-maker when it comes to material. You’ll have the choice of leather, suede, or velcro (nylon). Leather weightlifting belts can be bulky and cumbersome at times, especially compared to velcro that offers easy removal and more mobility. If you’re doing CrossFit, the velcro is a great option, however, you’ll want the stability of leather belts when doing deadlifts or heavier lifting.

Comfort

Every body type is different, and there is no “one size fits all” belt out there. You’ll want the weightlifting belt that sits comfortably on your frame, fitting just at your belly button (not the hips). To find one that is most comfortable for you, we recommend trying some on before making a purchase. Keep in mind, it will take a few workout sessions to truly “break in” your belt.

Buckles

There are three types of buckles: single prong, double prong, or lever. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, including security and quick removal. For the prong buckles, the spaces of holes are another element to consider as this determines tightening options.

Stability

At the end of the day, the weightlifting belt is there to support you during your workout. Whether you wear it the entire time or just during certain sets, you’ll want to make sure it’s offering the support required for your core and back. Each belt on this list meets and exceeds stability requirements, and you should have no trouble finding the perfect weightlifting belt for your needs.

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