The Simplest Weight Belt

The Simplest Weight BeltEvery man seeking strength was at least once in situation when bodyweight Dips and Pull-Ups become too easy to have any impact on his strength levels. As I wrote in this article, there are several ways out of this depressing situation:

  • Add weighted vest
  • Add backpack with some weights in it
  • Move to harder exercise
  • Add weight belt

First one is quite expensive while the most convenient.

Second one is great, simple and cheap while has certain limitations. Backpack can take only limited amount of weight and probably not more than 25 kg. It should be used primary for more convenient progressing to harder bodyweight exercises. Also it doesn’t stay tight with the body as weighted vest so it can be used only for limited amount of exercises.

Third one is essential but has its own flaws. Sometimes you can’t move to harder exercise due to lack of strength or simply you may not want to move. For example, you enjoy doing Pull-Ups but they became too easy. So you, for some reason, don’t want to move to One-Arm Chin-Up work but still want to progress further. In this case your only choice is to add weight.

Fourth one is also great and simple but requires apparatus (and I assume that you have some plates or kettlebells). I mean weight belt. Of course, you can buy commercial one but good weight belts that can hold decent amounts of weight will cost you some money. I came up with weight belt that is probably the simplest and will cost you almost nothing (well, mine cost me actually nothing, read about it below). And, by the way, it will be able to hold up to 100 kg.

How Was the Simplest Weight Belt Born?

It all started when I was working in one commercial gym here in Ukraine. There were no weight belts there. During one of my training sessions there I was really pumped up to do some Weighted Dips. So I went to the trainers’ room and started looking for something that would do the job. And accidentally I found this rope you can see on the picture above.

The first two phases of the knotting came essentially to me. But I felt that it lacked durability against resistance. The third phase was suggested by my client. So that’s how the final version was born.

Here is me doing Weighted Dips using the Simplest Weight Belt in that commercial gym:

So when I quit that shitty job I just took this thing with me. Anyway, let’s get to the fun part.

How to Use the Simplest Weight Belt

Firstly, what the F is this rope? I really don’t know. Here are two close up photos:

The Simplest Weight Belt Close-Up

The Simplest Weight Belt Close-Up

So it is tape-like rope something. As you can see I’m big specialist in ropes. If you have any rope question don’t hesitate to ask.

Secondly, two sides of this rope should be tied together in a simple knot. Just like this:

The Simplest Weight Belt Knot

Also regarding length my rope seems to be perfect and it is around 6 meters long.

Thirdly, the most important part of the whole thing is the knotting. It consists of 3 phases. Here they are:

Step 1. Fold the rope in half.

The Simplest Weight Belt Step 1

Put the fold side through the weights (I’ll use sandbag for example).

The Simplest Weight Belt Step 1

Step 2. Put the knot through the fold side.

The Simplest Weight Belt Step 2

Then put the knot in the other end of the rope.

The Simplest Weight Belt Step 2Step 3. Now the fun part. Take the knot and thread it through just one layer of the rope. Look at the photo:

The Simplest Weight Belt Step 3

Then just pull the knot a little bit and all is set.

The Simplest Weight Belt Step 3

Here is the Simplest Weight Belt in action:

Enjoy the AC/DC.

Another Notable Low-Tech Weight Belt Variations

While my variation is the simplest there are others. I’d like to highlight two of my favorites.

First one is chain weight belt. As straightforward as it sounds. You take the chain, carbine, some weights and kick ass. There are two things I’d like to warn you about:

  • You’ll need to put some soft cloth between your body and the chain. When weights get serious you’ll just need this. Otherwise your lower back and obliques will be black, aching and bleeding. Well, if this is not a problem for you then don’t bother but I’m married and this can raise questions, if you know what I mean.
  • Chain have some weight in it and you need to take that into account

The second one is Towel + Rope Weight Belt. Another ultimate name. This is simple. You take a towel. Tie a rope to one side. Thread the rope through the weight and tie it on the other side of the towel. Here is the photo:

Towel + Rope Weight Belt

As you understand, this variant is not that durable as the Simplest Weight Belt. And also it takes much more time to get it ready for the set.

Closing Thoughts

What’s now? Now I’d like you to take this knowledge and use it. That’s it. No long Limp Bizkit style outros. Thanks for reading.

Do you have a friend that considers himself good at Pull-Ups and Dips? Share this article with him. Give him a new goal and purpose in life.

Do you have any thoughts? Do I make you miserable that you spend that much money on commercial weight belt? Let’s chat in comments

Play rough!

Alex “The Proud Inventor of the Simplest Weight Belt” Zinchenko

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13 thoughts on “The Simplest Weight Belt

  1. Jonathan F.V.

    Your rope looks like a nylon strap. It can bear a lot of weight, and should be more comfy for the waist than a normal rope.

    I’ve used makeshift weight belts quite a few times in the past, including a skipping rope tied around dumbbells and a backpack in the same time at some point!

    I found that one on the most effective ways to do weighted dips was to simply ask a training partner, friend or passerby to hang from your legs, and use monkey bars as a dip stand.

  2. Xypus

    Another useful and budget-friendly way is to get an old, used firefighter’s or roofer’s belt. They are pretty sturdy (they’re designed to support your weight), they’re often padded in the back (mine is at least), they have thick metal rings or loops for attaching rope in front, where you hang the weights and they come pretty cheap on online auction sites, at least where I live – but I bet you can find some on eBay, wherever you live.

  3. Michal

    I use good old obi – karate belt. Knotting is pretty easy and it can bear 80kg + (I think you know Valeo, Valentin Novikov), i did 50kg dips without any problem.

      1. Michal

        Yeah, and I will definitely load it tonight, welcoming New Year with weighted pullups and dips!
        p.s.: Слежу за Твоей работой уже некоторое время, она вдохновляет и мотивирует меня! С новым годом, Алекс!

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