What Is A Belt Squat Machine and How Do You Use One?

In this article we discuss the belt squat machine and how you can use it as an alternative to regular barbell squats.

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What is a belt squat machine?

The belt squat machine is used for squats and differs from traditional barbell squatting by relieving the pressure on your lower back and compressing your spine.

 For an example of  how to use a belt squat machine watch the video below. 

What muscles are targeted?

Quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, and glutes are targeted when using the belt squat machine.


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What are the benefits of using a belt squat machine?

  • You can work on extreme strength and explosiveness all the while relieving the pressure on your lower back that regular squats can cause.
  • If you’re looking for an alternative because you experience pain and pressure on your lower back then this can be a great alternative giving you the ability to still work on your legs minus the lower back pain.

Are belt squat machines safe?

Yes. Some people have a hard time handling the weight from the barbell on their traps, shoulders, and lower back. This may very well be a safe alternative for those who struggle with getting through squat sets because of the pain and pressure from heavier loads.

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Final thoughts.

If you have access to one of these machines then I would recommend trying one out and mixing it into your workout schedule. So, if you’re having trouble with barbell squats due to the heavier weight that is typically used when you’re doing squats then this may work for you. Once you feel comfortable with it and want to replace regular squats because of pain or maybe you had a lower back injury then I would say go for it all the way.

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