Having the right equipment is essential when you’re powerlifting, and a good powerlifting belt is one of the most important investments you can make. A good belt gives you support during heavy lifts and helps prevent injury to your muscles and joints. But with so many brands and styles available, it can be difficult to choose the right one for your needs. This guide will help you identify five key elements that make up a quality powerlifting belt so that you can find the perfect fit for your needs.

Types of Powerlifting Belts


The four primary types of powerlifting belts are cotton or leather, pronged or lever-style buckles, and single- or double-pronged versions. If you are currently looking for more information about powerlifting belts, you can find it here.

Cotton Belts are made of thick cotton fabric material and are usually around 4 inches in width. They provide plenty of support while still allowing you to move freely. Because they aren’t as tight fitting as other types of belts, they may not be ideal for lifting heavy weights but could come in handy when performing exercises like squats or bent-over rows that involve more movement flexibility.


Leather models tend to be slightly thicker than typical cotton ones and provide more rigidity during lifts as well as more durability over time. They often feature some kind of buckle closure and come in varying lengths depending on what style is specified by the manufacturer. The stiffness of leather allows for greater support when lifting heavier weights but could prevent mobility with certain exercises such as yoga poses or stretching drills where ease of motion is required.

Pronged buckles tend to offer the most secure fit since they can be tightened incrementally until they fit snugly against the body. While they typically require two hands when putting on, once secured these buckles allow lifters to take their focus off securing their belt while they lift — an advantage during competitions where every last bit of concentration can mean the difference between success and failure!

Lever buckles come with one large metal piece that wraps around your waist and locks into place with a locking mechanism at either end so you don’t have to worry about re-adjusting after each set (or competition). The lever closure also makes them fairly easy to put on without assistance — another bonus if you ever find yourself lifting alone!

Single/Double Pronged Belts: Some manufacturers offer both single prong belts which use one large prong inserted into a hole across one series multiple times for secure fastening; as well as double prongs which use two smaller prongs inserted into opposing holes across multiple runs for even tighter security around your waistline.

Both styles allow users to easily put the item on without assistance by pressing both prongs inward while pulling the belt tight simultaneously – simply loosen by pulling outward and routing through another hole if desired snugness isn’t reached yet!

Sizing and Fit


Too small of a belt can cause discomfort and too big of a belt can be ineffective. To get the right fit, it’s essential to measure your waist size. It should be snug but still comfortable and you should be able to fit a few fingers between your skin and the belt.

While one might assume that merely looping the tape measure around your waist or navel and noting the measurement would be enough, it won’t help you get an accurate fit for your belt. Take into account the following factors before sizing yourself up with a measuring tape.

  • Your natural waist: Measure your true waist where it creases when you bend to the side.
  • Your belly size: Measure around the widest part of your abdomen/belly, usually two to three inches above your “true” waistline you measured earlier.
  • Where you plan to wear the belt: Do you prefer wearing it below or on top of your navel? Your placing changes which number works best on the measuring tape.
  • Your body shape: As tall and curvy individuals have different body shapes compared to petite people and those with hourglass-shaped bodies, take note of these details so that you can pick a model that fits according to body type rather than generic sizing systems.
  • The elasticity or stretching properties of the material used in constructing the belt: Different materials have different stretching capabilities; hence a plethora of sizes exist for each item on our shelves as detailed in our fitting guide (link).

Quality and Durability


Powerlifting belts are made to provide extra stability and help you lift heavier weights. As such, it’s important to get a belt that is made with high-quality materials and has a long-lasting lifespan.

A great way to evaluate a model is by checking how it’s been stitched together. A good quality powerlifting belt should have tight secure stitching that is close together and in a consistent pattern. Poorly stitched items use thicker thread, leaving big open spaces, and can come apart easily. To ensure the safety of the user, always make sure to check for high-quality stitching before purchasing any type of weight-lifting equipment.

Price and Value

As with any purchase, the cost is an important factor in choosing the right product. However, keep in mind that quality of construction is often linked to cost and there is a big difference between cheaper belts that may not last as long versus more expensive models that are built with higher quality materials and will provide greater comfort and stability for their user.

Reading reviews is an important part of choosing a good belt that is worth the money you spend on it. It can be difficult to tell which products are of good quality just by looking at them, and reviews from experienced customers can offer valuable information about what kind of belt is best for you.



Consider looking for buckles that are made from leather or coated with aluminum or steel for extra durability and longevity. If you plan on wearing the belt in a competition, it’s also important to look into getting extra padding such as gel pads or air straps to help make your powerlifting more comfortable.

Additionally, look into different closing mechanisms like metal fasteners or Velcro closures that can make putting on and taking off your belt quicker and easier. Finally, for those who want a little extra support when lifting heavier weights, consider buying an adjustable extender that can be used as an added support harness. All of these accessories can be great additions to give you a superior powerlifting experience and make sure you reach your maximum potential.


Ultimately, the decision of which belt to buy should depend on your personal preferences and priorities. The size of the belt can have a significant impact on its effectiveness, and the quality of materials used will play a factor in its performance. It is best to spend some time doing the research before making a purchase so that you are sure to find one that meets your needs and provides you with the comfort and support required for powerlifting.