We know that wearing a belt when lifting increases the intra-abdominal pressure, but what does this mean? When taking a deep breath, your diaphragm draws down, and pressure is built and pushed out in all directions. If you’re wearing your Cardillo Weight Belt, this pressure meets the thick leather material and is held in tighter. This pressure helps to stabilize your spine.
This process calls for diaphragmatic breathing. Through this, you’re consciously using your diaphragm to take deep breaths, using less effort and energy to breathe while reaching 100% of your lung capacity. This technique offers several benefits, including a reduction of blood pressure and heart rate.