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Article: How to Measure Your Custom Weightlifting Belt Size

How to Measure Your Custom Weightlifting Belt Size

How to Measure Your Custom Weightlifting Belt Size

Not sure how to measure your custom weightlifting belt size? Our guide walks you through the process step by step. Find the right fit for your belt and optimise your lifting performance.

Weightlifting belts are an essential accessory for serious lifters. They provide critical support to your lower back, helping you maintain proper form during heavy lifts. But to truly reap the benefits of a weightlifting belt, it's crucial to find the perfect fit. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of measuring for a weightlifting belt to ensure a comfortable, secure, and effective fit.

Step 1: Choose the Right Type of Belt

Before you start measuring, it's important to choose the right type of weightlifting belt. There are two main types:

  1. Weightlifting belts: These belts are 4" wide in the back and taper to 2.5" width in the front. They offer a comfortable fit, allowing for a greater range of motion during lifts.

  1. Powerlifting belts: These belts are the same width all around, typically 4" but 3" is also available. They provide maximum support and are ideal for those focusing on powerlifting exercises like squats and deadlifts.

Step 2: Find Your Natural Waist

To get an accurate measurement, you need to locate your natural waist. This is the narrowest part of your midsection, typically located just above your belly button. Stand up straight and use your fingers to find the spot where your sides bend when you lean to one side. This is your natural waist.

Step 3: Measure Your Waist Circumference

Using a flexible measuring tape, measure the circumference of your waist at the natural waistline. Make sure the tape is level and snug, but not too tight. Record this measurement in inches.

Step 4: Refer to the Belt Size Chart

We have individually size charts for the different belt types, as they all vary slightly. We do 3 belt styles as mentioned above:

  • Olympic Weightlifting
  • Prong Powerlifting
  • Lever Powerlifting

For weightlifting belts and prong powerlifting belts you want to be half way along the given range, whilst lever belts you want to be more than half way along, ideally around 3/4 towards the end of the range (to avoid a lot of excess belt underneath which can be uncomfortable). That said we've put together a handy box below to choose the right size belt. Simply enter your stomach measurement and it'll show the size you need:

Select Your Stomach Size Range: 


Size Range Weightlifting Prong Powerlifting Lever Powerlifting
20'' to 22'' S S S
21'' to 23'' S S S
22'' to 24'' S S S
23'' to 25'' S S S
24'' to 26'' S S S
25'' to 27'' S M S
26'' to 28'' S M S
27'' to 29'' S M S
28'' to 30'' M M S
29'' to 31'' M M M
30'' to 32'' M L M
31'' to 33'' M L M
32'' to 34'' M L M
33'' to 35'' L L M
34'' to 36'' L XL M
35'' to 37'' L XL L
36'' to 38'' L XL L
37'' to 39'' XL XL L
38'' to 40'' XL 2XL L
39'' to 41'' XL 2XL XL
40'' to 42'' 2XL 2XL XL
41'' to 43'' 2XL 2XL XL
42'' to 44'' 3XL 3XL XL
43'' to 45'' 3XL 3XL 2XL
44'' to 46'' 4XL 3XL 2XL
45'' to 47'' 4XL 3XL 2XL
46'' to 48'' 5XL 4XL 2XL
47'' to 49'' 5XL 4XL 3XL
48'' to 50'' 6XL 4XL 3XL
49'' to 51'' 6XL 4XL 3XL
50'' to 52'' 7XL 5XL 3XL
51'' to 53'' 7XL 5XL 4XL
52'' to 54'' 7XL 5XL 4XL
53'' to 55'' 7XL 5XL 4XL
54'' to 56'' 10XL 6XL 4XL
55'' to 57'' 10XL 6XL 5XL
56'' to 58'' 10XL 6XL 5XL
57'' to 59'' 10XL 6XL 5XL
58'' to 60'' 10XL 7XL 5XL
59'' to 61'' - 7XL 6XL
60'' to 62'' - 7XL 6XL
61'' to 63'' - 7XL 6XL
62'' to 64'' - 8XL 6XL
63'' to 65'' - 8XL 7XL
64'' to 66'' - 8XL 7XL
65'' to 67'' - 8XL 7XL

Step 5: Consider Your Clothing

Keep in mind that you'll be wearing your weightlifting belt over your workout clothes. If you typically wear thick or layered clothing during your workouts, add an inch to your waist measurement to account for the extra bulk.

Step 6: Test the Fit

Once you've received your weightlifting belt, it's important to test the fit. Put on your workout clothes and wrap the belt around your waist. It should be snug but not uncomfortably tight. You should be able to fit one or two fingers between the belt and your body. A common misconception is to suck your stomach in and tighten as much as possible. You need to brace against the belt and breathing in when tightening the belt will stop you from doing this.


Measuring for a weightlifting belt is a simple process, but it's crucial for maximising your lifting performance and avoiding injury. By following these steps, you'll be well on your way to finding the perfect fit for your weightlifting belt. Remember, a well-fitted belt is an investment in your safety and success as a lifter. Happy lifting!

Now that you know what size and belt you need, you can view our custom belts or our own limited edition designs here:


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