Picking out a weightlifting belt for the first time might seem a little overwhelming for those who are new to lifting. Before you start shopping for the right belt, you might incorrectly assume that choosing a belt is relatively simple endeavor

In fact, there are numerous factors that you will have to consider when you're choosing a belt. If you don't put enough consideration into these factors, you might end up with a belt that's uncomfortable or doesn't provide adequate support for your lifting activities.

The following are the three key characteristics to consider before buying a belt for weightlifting to find custom weight belts that are best suited to your needs and preferences. 


Weightlifting belts come in a wide variety of different thicknesses. When it comes to belt thickness, the lifter needs to judge between the levels of comfort and support that they need.

Thinner belts are generally more comfortable, but they provide less support. The thickness of a weightlifting belt is generally measured in millimeters. Lifters should try out different thicknesses if possible before making a purchase to find the best option for their needs. 


The most basic factor to consider is what style belt you want. There are four major styles to familiarize yourself with in choosing the style for you. 

Probably the most commonly seen lifting belt out there is the power belt. This belt is used for powerlifting and offers a great deal of support. Its surface area is designed to give the weightlifter as much area as possible to push against at its front.

Other styles are training, level, and bench belts. The training belt is for those who are interested more in cross training. Training belts are wider in the back and more narrow in the front. Level belts are designed with a quick release buckle, and bench belts are designed for bench-bound exercises like the bench press. 


Belts come in a wide range of materials. A traditional lifting belt will be constructed from either treated or untreated leather. Treated leather is softer and more comfortable, but it also tends to be more expensive as a belt material than untreated leather. 

Belts can also be made from suede or nylon. Lifters need to consider the types of activities they'll be engaging in when choosing material. Leather belts are typically best for powerlifting while nylon and suede belts are lighter weight and best when versatility for a wide range of activities is important.