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Weightlifting Belts 101: Prong vs Lever Weightlifting Belts

Welcome back to our weightlifting belt series! In our last post, we discussed the difference between 10mm and 13mm weightlifting belts and which one is suitable for beginners and professional athletes. In this post, we will discuss the different types of weightlifting belts available as well as the pros and cons for both.

Prong Belts:

Prong belts are the most common type of weightlifting belt and have been around for decades. They are simple and effective, with a buckle and prongs to adjust the tightness of the belt. Prong belts are made of leather or synthetic materials and come in various widths and thicknesses.


  • Easy to adjust
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Can be used for all types of lifts
  • Cost-effective


  • Can take time to adjust between sets
  • Limited adjustability

Lever Belts:

Lever belts are an increasingly popular fitness gear among powerlifters and weightlifters. They have a lever mechanism that allows for quick and easy adjustments, making them ideal for heavy lifting. Lever belts are also made of leather or synthetic materials and come in various widths and thicknesses.


  • Quick and easy to adjust
  • Provides excellent support and stability
  • Ideal for heavy lifting
  • Can be used for all types of lifts


  • More expensive than prong belts
  • Limited adjustability

Ultimately, the choice between a prong or lever belt depends on personal preference and the specific needs of the lifter. However, for those looking for a belt that offers fine adjustments and consistent support, our unique belt designs here at Akinci Strength may be worth considering. 

We use a buckle that closely resembles a ratchet buckle, which enable users to make fine adjustments to the belt's tightness. This design guarantees that the belt will remain secure during lifts, delivering consistent support to lifters. Additionally, we use top-grade cowhide leather to make their belts, ensuring that they are robust and will last a long time.

In conclusion, weightlifting belts can provide valuable support and stability during heavy lifting. The type of belt you choose ultimately depends on your personal preferences and needs. Prong belts are cost-effective and durable, while lever belts are quick and easy to adjust and ideal for heavy lifting. Akinci Strength's unique belt design offers fine adjustments and consistent support, making it a worthwhile option for lifters.

In our next blog post, we will be discussing the 10 most common mistakes that lifters make when buying a weightlifting belt. From choosing the wrong size to selecting the wrong type of belt, we'll cover it all. Stay tuned to make sure you get the most out of your weightlifting gear!

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