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about dip belts...

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:26 pm
by tyler
How much weight do they usually hold? I don't want to snap one at the gym i just got a membership too.

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:24 pm
by stuward
I've never heard of one breaking. People have done dips with several hundred pounds.

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:26 pm
by pdellorto
Depends on the belt. I use an Ironmind De Rigueuer dipping belt:

http://www6.mailordercentral.com/ironmi ... umber=1310

They say it'll hold 1000 pounds...

I know I'll never need to dip that much, but their stuff is really well-made, and I figured I'd be better off buying a great belt and never worrying than save a few bucks. But I'm sure there are other belt makers who can provide you one that won't snap under heavy loads.

Hope that helps,

Peter

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 7:40 pm
by tyler
Hmm...probably. Right now I am at 65 lbs with dips...guess I'll be good for awhile.

Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 9:07 pm
by TimD
Tyler, most dip belts I've seen at commercial gyms are made of tough leathe (as in a weight lifting belt} along with a heavy link chain. If you are using 65 lbs currently, I'd say don't woory about it. At home, I just use my dog's leash, which is a medium weight chain, and I've used up to 100 lbs with it and have had no problems. That crazy pit bull I have has been tied off with it (he weighs a good 70 lbs) and even with a running start (which I discourage and will never let happen again) can't budge it. Don't woory about it.
Tim

Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 3:51 am
by Ironman
I just use a regular belt, a big one for fatties. It's too big to hold up my pants so I have to do something with it. I've used up to 30 lbs for dips, which is a lot when combined with 210 to 215 lbs of me. I've used 60 lbs for push ups with feet elevated a meter, lowering upper chest to floor. That got to be a pain in the a$$ though.

Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:31 am
by tyler
TimD wrote:Tyler, most dip belts I've seen at commercial gyms are made of tough leathe (as in a weight lifting belt} along with a heavy link chain. If you are using 65 lbs currently, I'd say don't woory about it. At home, I just use my dog's leash, which is a medium weight chain, and I've used up to 100 lbs with it and have had no problems. That crazy pit bull I have has been tied off with it (he weighs a good 70 lbs) and even with a running start (which I discourage and will never let happen again) can't budge it. Don't woory about it.
Tim
Hehe...funny. Only one thing though, they aren't the leather belts, the black nylon ones or whatever.

Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2007 11:32 am
by tyler
Ironman wrote:I just use a regular belt, a big one for fatties. It's too big to hold up my pants so I have to do something with it. I've used up to 30 lbs for dips, which is a lot when combined with 210 to 215 lbs of me. I've used 60 lbs for push ups with feet elevated a meter, lowering upper chest to floor. That got to be a pain in the a$$ though.
Yea that push up thing sounds like more trouble than its worth...

Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 7:31 am
by pdellorto
Ironman, where did you put the weight for the pushups? Strapped to your back, or dangling down?

Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2007 1:23 pm
by Ironman
Strapped to my back. I would lay down on it, buckle it, then hold it up with one hand while I get up. Then I bend over a bit so it is resting on my back. It was a good exercise and looked impressive, but it was a pain getting into position. So I just started doing more incline dumbbell bench.

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:25 am
by ironmaiden708
If you have access to a weightlifting buddy, have him put the plate on your back and have him hold it into position during your 'set'. Its fun when he's doing it with a 100lb plate....

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 3:34 pm
by tyler
ironmaiden708 wrote:If you have access to a weightlifting buddy, have him put the plate on your back and have him hold it into position during your 'set'. Its fun when he's doing it with a 100lb plate....
Why not just bench press instead?

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 6:23 pm
by ironmaiden708
You gotta mix things up once in a while