Schiek Weight Lifting Belt Introduction
Schiek is a powerhouse in the fitness industry when it comes to belts and fitness accessories. The Nylon Schiek weight lifting belt is made in the USA with several patented components. For starters, the rib and hip contours are unique to Schiek belts as the design is copyrighted. Likewise, the one-way Velcro and downward angle at the back are both exclusive to this belt. To the front, you have wider sections for the abdomen support. Overall, this nylon belt is well designed and in my opinion, the most comfortable out of the lot.
If you haven’t before used a weightlifting belt and want to buy one, the Schiek belt is what you should get. It is beginner friendly and at the same time adequate for intermediate users too. I am astonished this belt comes for less than $50 because I would not mind paying twice that much for this belt.
Schiek Weight Lifting Belt Size Guide
Available in several sizes, double check before you purchase a Schiek weight lifting belt. As always measure your midriff region but for this belt do it twice – once relaxed and once again with your core tight. Choose a belt that can accommodate your relaxed state as well as your workout state. You need to be able to loosen the belt between sets if you want to use this belt right.
- Extra Small – 24 to 28 inches
- Small – 27 to 32 inches
- Medium – 31 to 36 inches
- Large – 35 to 41 inches
- Extra Large – 40 to 45 inches
- XXL – 44 to 50 inches
- Nylon construction. 4 3/4-in width in back. Downward angle fits the natural shape of the back.
- Hip and rib contour. 1-way VELCRO® brand closure. Widens in the front.
- Dual closure system with heavy-duty, stainless-steel slide bar buckle. Made in the USA. 2-year manufacturer warranty.
Schiek Weight Lifting Belt Review
I have had several belts over the years, but none have come close to the quality and feel of this one. Though I rely on a leather belt for heavy duty lifting, I do not find them versatile enough. They hurt doing many routines but not this one. The Schiek weight lifting belt is wide in the front to properly support your abdomen muscles and allows you to concentrate on the abs more so your back is able to breathe.
If you deadlift no more than 320 pounds, then this Schiek belt is adequate. However, for anything more, I feel it might not provide the required support to the back. Again, this is because of its unique front oriented support structure. On the flipside, it becomes a natural choice for people starting to use weight lifting belts.
Okay, so if this belt is so good then why have I not rated it higher on my list? Well, it has got to do with ergonomics more than effectiveness. To begin with, the Velcro straps on this weight lifting belt isn’t what you would expect. Schiek uses a proprietary design that allows the Velcro to slide off in one direction without resistance but applied in the opposite direction, it immediate latches on. This mechanism works most of the time though there are moments when the Velcro grips even in the outside direction.
Secondly, the Velcro can latch onto the belt’s nylon surface much beyond the actual closure. If this happens, know that you have got a size larger than what you need. It happened with the first test piece I requested from Schiek and so had to reorder another in the Extra Small size. Remember, this is a Velcro nylon belt but operates more like a buckle belt.
If you can live past the Velcro issues, then you have a great supportive belt on your hands. The Schiek weight lifting belt doesn’t just concentrate on your abs, it also takes care of your rib and hip joints thanks to the contoured structure that arcs back in as you get close to the rib bones and hip areas. Good news if you hate leather belts digging into the sides on heavy lifts and deep squats.
An added advantage of the unique structure of this Schiek belt is that it reduces the pressure felt on the sides doing dips or squats. Add weight and keep going further, your hips and ribs won’t feel a thing. The downside of this kind of design is that it does not feel rigid enough to handle serious weightlifting. Hence, if you want a proper gym belt for anything above 320 lbs, look at leather options instead.
Schiek Weight Lifting Belt Pros
- The unique contoured structure is comfortable and supportive at the same time.
- Provides ample cushioning and surface for the front along with the back, so you feel comfortable till the last set.
- Ideal for beginners starting out with deadlifts and heavy squats or back intense exercises.
- Comes in plenty of sizes with small increments for a perfect fit.
- Unique Velcro design uses buckle and one-way stop to work like leather hole and buckle.
Schiek Weight Lifting Belt Cons
- The belt entangles itself at times thanks to the unique Velcro locking mechanism.
- Easy to misjudge the size and get stuck with a belt that you have to tighten beyond the Velcro surface.
- Isn’t meant for serious weight lifting.
Schiek Weight Lifting Belt Conclusion
If I were to start weightlifting all over again, I would pick the Nylon Patented Schiek weight lifting belt. It is perfect for beginners and new intermediate users who want comfort rather than complete support. This is a weight lifting belt that you can leave on while resting or doing other exercises. However, if you like loosening the belt, the Velcro mechanism makes it simple.
Yes, the unique mechanism to tighten the belt is tricky to learn and use. It is not as supportive as a leather belt, but at least it is highly customizable and easy to learn proper form with.