Do you need a belt during heavy lifting sessions?
Gurmeet Singh, Chandigarh
I recommend wearing a lifting belt for support and stability for the lower back during heavier lifts that place stress on your back. Heavy squats, leg press, bent over rows, t-bar rows, deadlifts and single arm rows are all common lifts that usually require a belt to help prevent injury and unnecessary strain. If you train heavy and have had a previous injury to the lower back and feel you would benefit from adding stability to your core area, then a lifting belt is a good investment. Be careful not to become too reliant and only use it for your heavier lifts, not your lighter or warm-up sets.

Do i need more workout sessions for weaker body parts?
Gaurav Pant, Agra

More isn’t always better. Firstly, prioritise your weaker muscle groups to the forefront of your workout. For instance, if your calves are weaker, place the emphasis upon them before targeting your quads and hamstrings. Also, train your weaker muscle groups when you feel the most energised, stronger and alert. So, train them at the beginning of the week or the day following a nontraining day. If you are to train this area more frequently, provided that you are working it hard enough, try focusing on it every five days, so it has maximum rest to recover before you break it down again and also ensure that it is trained more frequently than other muscle groups you may train every seven days.

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