Different exercises call for different equipment, and weightlifting is no exception. Whether you’re a newbie weightlifter or practically a pro – choosing the right equipment can be tricky.
You’ll want the best equipment that’s not only durable and safe but made with quality right here in the USA. That’s why we’re here to help. Below is our research on all of the weightlifting belts made in the USA, as well as weightlifting belts not made in the US, and some tips to help you find the country of origin for whatever brand you’re looking at.
Full List of Weightlifting Belt Brands Made in the USA
Rogue is a really well-known name in the weightlifting community. They sell their own brand of weightlifting belts but also offer other brands on their site as well. Not all of their products are made in the USA, but some of their weightlifting belts are.
Rogue’s belt ranges come in both leather and nylon, in a variety of sizes and styles, depending on your weightlifting goals and needs. One of their most popular products, the Rogue USA Nylon Lifting Belt, is now fully designed and manufactured in the USA and has upgraded features, showing they listen to customer feedback and are continuously innovating.
Their belts are designed for optimal support, and contoured fit, and the nylon belts have the option to add a patch with a choice of many different designs. Their leather belts are made from vegetable-tanned USA leather.
Unlike other leather belts, the Dominion weightlifting belts are made from top-grain cow leather and don’t use plastic or foam fillers. Since it’s a single piece of leather (with no stitching, glue, or fillers), their belts will last you for years, providing support for all of your deadlift needs.
Dominion sells only leather weightlifting belts, but offers these in a wide range of sizes, styles, and different buckle types, depending on your preference. Most of their belts are unisex and they offer a lifetime replacement guarantee, claiming that their belts are indestructible so any damaged belt will be replaced, no questions asked.
Competitors and beginners alike recognize the Schiek brand. Schiek weightlifting belts are used by many professionals, including several Olympians and World’s Bests Bodybuilder, Brandon Curry. They even sell belts that have athlete branding and signatures on them!
Schiek has a model system for its belts, offering belts in a 2000 range, 3000 range, and then “L” ranges which tend to be more specific types, such as leather belts or dipping belts. The 3000 range has similar features to the 2000 range but is reinforced with neoprene-coated nylon, making them stiffer and offering extra support. Schiek offers a huge amount of clear information with their belts, making sure you’re getting the right one for your needs. They also come with a two-year warranty.
Inzer Advance Designs provides weight lifting belts for powerlifters across the world, including professionals and those in competitions. They also support powerlifting events and growth programs.
They extensively test their products and innovate new equipment to ensure they’re providing their customers with the highest-quality product they can offer. They offer belts with a range of buckle types and sizes. Buckle types include a lever system for quick, one-hand release, a traditional buckle, and their new PR Belt which offers unlimited adjustability and precise fit, even in-between sets.
Inzer’s belts are made from one solid piece of quality reinforced leather, rather than glued-together layers that often come loose over time. Their belts are competition legal and finished with lock-stitched, corrosive resistant, high-density nylon. All their belts come with a lifetime warranty.
General Leather Manufacturing, who also sell under the name “Pioneer” has been crafting leather weightlifting belts since 1979. They focus on creating products that can help with back problems and personal back support systems due to the increase of industrial back injuries.
Pioneer sells a massive range of weightlifting belts. You can find a belt suited to your needs using their filtering website system, which includes belt type, belt thickness, material, and buckle type, allowing you to effectively choose a belt custom to your requirements. Belt types are also made specific to needs, including bench belts, deadlift belts, dip belts, lever belts, power belts, specialty belts, and training/weightlifting belts.
Though all of their leather belts are made in the USA from their facility in Texas, they do use American-made materials where possible, though this isn’t always possible.
Factors To Consider
Size (or Thickness)
Most belts are made at 4” – that’s pretty much standard in the weightlifting community. However, the Dominion 3” is making waves. The real number to consider is the thickness of the belt; you’ll see 8mm, 10mm, and even 13mm. This ultimately determines the amount of support you’re getting, and therefore how comfortable the belt is. Most beginners start with 10mm; it’s more affordable and breaks in faster than 13mm.
Personal preference is the decision-maker when it comes to material. You’ll have the choice of leather, suede, or velcro (nylon). Leather weightlifting belts can be bulky and cumbersome at times, especially compared to velcro, which offers easy removal and more mobility. If you’re doing CrossFit, the velcro is a great option, however, you’ll want the stability of leather belts when doing deadlifts or heavier lifting.
Every body type is different, and there is no “one size fits all” belt out there. You’ll want the weightlifting belt that sits comfortably on your frame, fitting just at your belly button (not the hips). To find one that is most comfortable for you, we recommend trying some on before making a purchase. Keep in mind, it will take a few workout sessions to truly “break in” your belt.
There are three types of buckles: single prong, double prong, or lever. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, including security and quick removal. For the prong buckles, the spaces of holes are another element to consider as this determines tightening options.
At the end of the day, the weightlifting belt is there to support you during your workout. Whether you wear it the entire time or just during certain sets, you’ll want to make sure it’s offering the support required for your core and back.
Hop over to our other fitness guides for more made-in-the-USA recommendations.
- Dumbbells Made in the USA
- Barbells Made in the USA
- Weight Benches Made in the USA
- Weight Plates Made in the USA
- Weightlifting Racks Made in the USA
- Resistance Bands Made in the USA
Weightlifting Belts Not Made in the USA
Here are the brands we came across during our research that are not made here. We’ll keep this list updated as we find more.
- Eleiko (Swedish company)
- Iron Bull Strength
- REP Fitness