Inzer Lever Belt
If your belt is too loose it won’t give you the support that you need during your lift. As someone that wore a hook and loop belt for years before finally investing in an Inzer Lever belt, it was like a breath of fresh air!
With a hook and loop belt, I wasn’t able to release the belt to a more comfortable position between lifts. This belt may cost a bit more than your budget-friendly hook and loop belts, but it is an investment worth making.
What also makes this belt great is that the stiff high-density nylon does a fantastic job at protecting your lower back, which is essential when engaging in lifts such as squats and deadlifts.
Unsnaps for a more comfortable fit after your lift
Available in a wide variety of sizing options
Made specifically for powerlifters
Provides excellent support for your lower back
Adjusting the lever is a little time-consuming
The Inzer Lever Belt is designed for the three big powerlifting exercises: bench presses, deadlifts, and squats. Due to the impossibly stiff nature of this belt, I would not recommend it for cross-training exercises.
This belt is super thick and really locks you in place, which in turn limits your full range of motion. For high-intensity weight training, I would recommend something like the Rogue USA Nylon Lifting Belt.
It’s much thinner than the Inzer Lever Belt and allows for a full range of motion while keeping your spine protected and your core engaged.
I have come to a point in my powerlifting journey where I will not even approach the bar without my belt. After tweaking my lower back a few times during a deadlift, I knew that it was time to invest in a belt. Since strapping up, my lower back is quite happy with my decision.
Plus, it made me feel more confident in my deadlifts, which allowed me to increase my PR by a few bumps almost immediately. For serious powerlifters, the Inzer Lever belt is a must-have.
It’s important to note that this belt is incredibly thick and stiff. It is composed of genuine leather that measures to be 10mm thick with a sleek suede finish.
These materials are built incredibly tough, and will not soften over time. One of the downsides of the materials used for this belt is that it is difficult to stash inside a gym bag. You will either need to wear your belt to the gym or carry it with you.
I work out at home, so portability isn’t that much of an issue for me.
While this belt is offered in a wide variety of sizing options, it still provides users with a good deal of adjustability. Whether you have lost a few pounds (or gained a few!), the lever is able to be moved up and down on the series of loops.
Unlike your standard hook and loop belt, making these adjustments are a little time-consuming but not too difficult. You will need to employ the use of a screwdriver to remove the lever, and then move the lever to the desired position.
At first, this will take a little trial and error to find the position that is perfect for your frame. Before you head to the gym, I suggest setting aside a little bit of time to make your adjustments.
Overall, a belt should fit against your torso tightly, but not too tightly. When the lever is locked in place, you should be able to slip a finger between your belt and torso and run it along the inside of the belt.
If there is too much room between your belt and torso, it means that it is not tight enough. If you cannot slip your finger between the belt, it means that it is too tight.
Once you find the perfect position, you will not need to make any more adjustments unless you have gained or lost a significant amount of weight.
One thing that users also love about this belt is that it comes in a wide variety of sizing options. Available sizes include XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, 3XL, 4XL, and 5XL. Basically, there are few users that will not be able to find the right size belt for their frame.
Be sure that you take good measurements of your torso and compare them to Inzer’s sizing chart. Inzer also recommends that you take the time to take good measurements of your torso and not simply go off of your pants size to ensure that you get the right fit for your body type.
Due to the super thick and stiff materials used for this belt, it can feel a little bit uncomfortable at first. One of the biggest complaints that I noticed when combing through reviews is that this belt is incredibly hot and not very breathable. As someone that wears this belt regularly, they’re not wrong.
However, the stiff and hot nature of the belt is essential to keep your core tight and your spine protected. Sure, it may be hot, but it’s worth a little bit of sweat for a good deal of support.
This belt comes with a lifetime guarantee in case anything goes wrong with your belt. However, it is unlikely that you will ever need to call upon their customer service in need of a replacement.
I have used this belt a few times a week for years, and it is still as strong and secure as the very first day that I bought it.
I even scanned through Inzer’s reviews looking for users that needed to replace their belts and found no cases where any user came across a faulty belt that needed to be replaced.
When compared to other belts out there on the market, the Inzer Lever Belt is one of your more expensive options.
Sure, you could opt for a more affordable belt that gets the job done, but it won’t provide you with the same level of comfort and stability as this belt.
I once opted for a more affordable hook and loop option, and eventually spent the money to invest in a lever belt.
Learn from my mistakes, and opt for the more expensive option that is far superior to the more budget-friendly designs out there on the market.
Comparison to Hook and Loop Belts
The benefits of the hook and loop belt boil down to a matter of price and performance. These designs often cost ⅓ as much as the Inzer Lever belt and offer a modest level of support. The downside to hook and loop belts is that you will need to secure them tightly in place for the duration of your workout.
I found that once it was secure, I didn’t want to take it off and put it back on between each and every lift. While it offered a modest level of support, it wasn’t nearly as supportive as a lever belt. It’s fine for cross fit, but not so much for powerlifting.
What makes the Inzer Lever Belt well worth the steep price point is the high-end support that it offers, as well as the ability to unsnap it at the end of every lift. This belt is thicker, more supportive for super heavy compound lifts, and the lever amps up your overall comfort in between lifts.
I’m a little salty that I wasted money on a cheaper hook and loop option only to eventually purchase the Inzer Lever Belt, but you live and you learn. Hopefully, you can learn from my mistakes!
The lever option is also far superior when compared to budget-friendly hook and loop options. The lever design allows lifters to snap it super tightly in place right before their lift, and then release it at the of the lift.
Not only does this option make your training much more comfortable, but there is just something that snaps in place in your mind once you lock the belt in place.
As someone that tried to save a few bucks with an affordable hook and loop design, I suggest that you don’t make the same mistake as me.
Hook and loop designs are fine for cross-training, but don’t offer the same level of rigidity and support as the Inzer Lever Belt!