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Michael Langanke 06-16-2011 04:44 AM

Barbell pad for back squats,who does and doesnt
 
Just thought I would ask who uses a barbell pad for their back squats. I was using one but now I've gone bar naked :D, squating 116 kgs (255#). Definately feel the weight more on the traps, have to get use to it i spose.

Also does anyone think it's an advantage to have one to lift more weight?

Pearse Shields 06-16-2011 05:16 AM

Re: Barbell pad for back squats,who does and doesnt
 
I don't think you'll find any people on here who use a pad for squats.

Andrew James 06-16-2011 05:25 AM

Re: Barbell pad for back squats,who does and doesnt
 
I use a towel.

Andrew Milligan 06-16-2011 05:41 AM

Re: Barbell pad for back squats,who does and doesnt
 
No pad here.

Michael Dowling 06-16-2011 05:59 AM

Re: Barbell pad for back squats,who does and doesnt
 
i think if you need a pad or something you're doing it wrong. it shouldn't hurt if the bar is placed correctly.

but to answer the question i don't use the pad.

Jordan Dolenshek 06-16-2011 06:10 AM

Re: Barbell pad for back squats,who does and doesnt
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Michael Dowling (Post 949084)
i think if you need a pad or something you're doing it wrong. it shouldn't hurt if the bar is placed correctly.

but to answer the question i don't use the pad.

Agreed. I used to think I needed a pad when I first started squatting, when in reality I was just placing the bar in the wrong position. Assuming your doing a high-bar squat as you referenced your traps, try switching to low bar and see if that feels any better. Keeping your elbows back can also help to position the bar correctly.

Todd Rehm 06-16-2011 06:17 AM

Re: Barbell pad for back squats,who does and doesnt
 
I think using the pad is a disadvantage. You're better served by learning correct bar placement and getting acclimated to the heavy weight on your back.

The problem with the pad is that because it's soft and cushy, and because the bar can move around inside it, the barbell is now less-stable than if it's on your back, and instability from any source is the bane of heavy squatting.

Robert Fabsik 06-16-2011 06:29 AM

Re: Barbell pad for back squats,who does and doesnt
 
I'd recommend cutting the pad in half so you have two pieces and for a change of pace put them on the barbell to create a thick grip for presses, curls or rows. Go light when you start. This is the best use I can think of for a squat pad.

Tamara Cohen 06-16-2011 06:34 AM

Re: Barbell pad for back squats,who does and doesnt
 
You train in order to get strong.

Sometimes it hurts.

David Hansen 06-16-2011 06:41 AM

Re: Barbell pad for back squats,who does and doesnt
 
Everyone I know refers to that pad as the "***** pad", and for good reason.

If it really hurts that much, try incorporating a lot more rows and sumo deadlift high pulls into your program to build up your trapezius.


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