A weightlifting belt is extremely beneficial for providing spinal support during heavy lifting. The belt warms the tissues, supports, and decreases injury of the back during heavy loads. In theory, it may seem that everyone should wear a belt all the time. However, if used too often, a weightlifting belt can weaken the core muscles and can sometimes lead to back pain. There is a muscle in the body called the transverse abdominis (TVA). This muscle acts as a natural weight belt, which supports and stabilizes the spine. Wearing a belt shuts off and decreases recruitment of this core muscle. Worn for prolonged periods of time, over usage, or dependency can lead to weakening of the lower back and pain can develop. The body needs to be strong without the reliance of a weight belt and this will prevent strain and injury.