At the 6:40 mark Dan Green explains his reasons for beltless squatting. He does for a month.
It’s a somewhat hard to hear over the music, but Dan Green’s viewpoint is that squatting with a belt and/or knee warps are comparing apples to oranges.
He mentions he likes doing beltless squats to 5 and 10 rep maxes but doing so with less weight on the bar.
As a beginner into the sport of powerlifting, I see there is a lot of value in training without a belt. As of this blog post, I’m just beginning to realize how beneficial it is. 4 weeks ago during this workout I got I was doing sets of 6 reps of deadlifts on Candito’s linear progression program with 425lbs and 405lbs. It was a hell of a struggle.
The 445lbs was significantly lighter than expected. Of course, it’s not something that can really be explained well, it’s something you notice in how the bar feels.