Frequently Asked Questions
Construction and Features
What are some notable features of the belt?
BLC belts are made with high quality materials including polypropylene and nylon. These materials are used on the trims, straps, and thread which provide durability and sweat wicking features.
The 3 inch strap closure with secure velcro provides additional support to the core and provides security when lifting. Some companies use a 2 inch strap, which works, but does not offer optimal support.
General sizing accommodates most sizes. If you are smaller or larger than the standard sizes, a custom sized belt can be made for you! Sizing accommodates for no more than a 3 inch gap, but also accommodates for a 3 inch overlap if you prefer an overlap in your belt closure.
The tab at the end of the velcro strap (near the logo patch) provides easy access to disengaging the velcro.
The belt buckles do not intergrate the "WOD Clamp" as featured on Schiek belts. It is not a neccessary feature - so long as the velcro strap is secure.
All belts are hand-sewn on a commercial grade sewing machine. This machine has a walking foot feature which provides tight lock stitches, and is capable of easily penetrating the leather insert and foam.
What embroidery fonts can I choose from?
Embroidery MUST be done before assembly of the belt. Choose from font options below.
How does sizing work? How do I measure myself? What if my size is not available on the size chart?
General sizing accommodates most sizes. If you are smaller or larger than the standard sizes, a custom sized belt can be made for you!
Sizing accommodates for no more than a 3 inch gap, but also accommodates for a 3 inch overlap if you prefer an overlap in your belt closure.
See the sizing chart tab for a complete size chart and video guide.
Logistics and Policies
What is the return and exchange policy?
BLC does not accept returns or exchanges; so please be sure to properly measure before ordering. Do your due diligence in scanning the product images and information!
What is the turnaround time after ordering a belt?
Since each belt - stock or custom - is made to order, it takes Steph 7-10 business days to complete the order. UPS Ground shipping takes 7-10 business days to deliver. So the turnaround time is estimated at 14-20 business days.
How are items shipped?
Belts are shipped via UPS Ground which takes 5-10 business days. There is a flat rate shipping charge of $10.
Accessories ship through USPS for a flat rate fee of $1 or $5 (depends on item).
Items bought together will be shipped in one box and you will be charged the shipping fee of the heavier weighted item on the order.
What is the process of customizing a belt?
Go to the store page and click on any of the belt options. The website will guide you step by step. It's very simple!
What is a hybrid belt?
There are multiple types of weight belts. Soft belts are generally designed with a velcro strap and made with some sort of sturdy insert material. Leather belts are made out of a thick ounce leather (generally 10-13oz), and they close like a traditional fashion belt using belt loops and a buckle. A hybrid belt combines both soft belt and leather belt features. BLC belts are designed to have a soft belt exterior with a leather insert.
What makes Brooklyn Lifting Co. belts different from major brands like 2Pood?
While 2Pood is currently the sponsoring belt company for the governing body of USA weightlifting (USAW), their belts, like many other companies, such as - Harbinger, Rogue, Pioneer - lack exactly what the Founder, Steph Giacalone, was looking for in a belt.
Steph was looking for a hybrid belt because soft belts are too soft and leather belts are too rigid and restrictive to the loops. The only hybrid belt that she came across was still way too bulky and not aesthetically what she wanted.
What makes BLC different than other major brands is:
1. The quailty of the belt . Every belt is hand crafted by Steph herself using high quality materials.
2. The ability to customize the exterior with ANY fabric of your choice as well as the option of embroidery.
3. The construction of the belt which provides the perfect amount of stiffness and support as well as the flexibilty of preferred tightness around the waist.
4. A lightweight foam insert which provides 360 comfort and support to your core.
Why is the name of the company Brooklyn Lifting Co. if Steph currently resides in Texas?
Steph was born raised on the East Coast in the metropolitan area. She lived between New York and New Jersey for 30 years!
Brooklyn changed her life. It was the first city where she leased her own apartment without her father cosigning o the lease. She went from Corporate America, working a 9-5 sales executive job in the fashion industry, to a commission based fitness enthusiast, to eventually owning a full fledged self-employed fitness business.
She found CrossFit at Bushwick CrossFit where the owner took her in from athlete to coach. At Bushwick CrossFit she found her passion for weightlifting through her friend and colleauge, who became her first weightlifting coach. She then began coaching and secializing in weightlifting herself. Steph hustled daily working multiple jobs to fuel her passions - it was a HUSTLE.
Brooklyn broke her, but Brooklyn made her. Without that city chewing her up and spitting her out she would never be the person she is today. So to commemorate the place the shaped her, she decided to name the company after the very place that ignited her passion for owning a business and weightlifting.