The Belt Squat – a great squat alternative for strength and recovery


Squatting is one of the most basic and essential movements for health and longevity. There are many squat variations that can be utilized if muscle imbalances or injuries prevent you from performing a regular back squat. 

Many people suffer from back pain. Often there are many contributing factors to back pain such as muscle imbalances or herniated discs. Regardless of whether you have upper back pain, lower back pain, or shoulder and neck pain, the back squat has a tendency to compress the spine and can cause discomfort or aggravate injuries. 

Performing an assessment is a great way to determine if you are ready for back squats and squat variations. It is essential to perform squats properly in order to restore optimal function of your lower body. 

Results Gym in Islip Terrace, Long Island has an excellent piece of equipment to use as an alternative to the back squat. The belt squat is commonly used amongst strength athletes such as strongmen and powerlifters. By loading the weight on your hips, the belt squat allows you to perform squats as heavy as needed without compressing your spine and aggravating an injury. 

Let’s take a look at the belt squat and how to use it!

About Ely Jennis

Ely Jennis, president CEO of Strong Links Fitness Ltd. has been a personal trainer for over a decade. Ely currently manages the personal training at Results Gym in Islip Terrace, Long Island. Ely specializes in sports medicine and outdoor adventure sports, including rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, trail running, and kayaking.

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