I've had several people at the gym tell me that I should be wearing a weight belt given the weight I'm lifting. I thought that I should not wear one since I want the core muscles to be strengthened, however, I've got absoluting no weight lifting experience so I thought I'd check here. I'm positive that I'm using correct form as I've had it checked several times. Unfortunately, I don't trust the trainers at the gym to tell me anything other than what their corporate script tells them to say.
My second question - doing the squats I am limited in the amount of weight that I can squat solely by my lower back muscles. Is this normal or does it indicate that I've got a weakness there?
If it matters, I'm male 29 yrs old, 6'1" 165lbs. My most important races this year are 1/2 IM's.
Thanks for the continuing help I always get from this forum.