A. Absolutely NOT! There are many back supports on the market, some for weightlifting, some for other purposes. Lots of claims made, and a lot of them cost less than ours. But NONE of them work, because, if it does not correct posture, it does not reduce the pain or risk of injury. Worse, some even create more problems as they act as a girdle and make your muscles weaker, not stronger like our product does. (Read the AOASM statement on the testimonial page) As a matter of fact, a major study at Wal-Mart and published in the Journal of American Medical Association of the commonly sold black elastic back belts showed NO effect on pain and injury rates when using them.