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Old 04-26-2014, 05:17 PM   #11
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Re: Cambered Bar and Safety Squat (aka Yoke) Bar

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So, I'm working with a golfer's elbow problem right now, and can't squat low bar without aggravating it. I have a real problem with what feels like upper pec flexibility when I try to get under the bar with a thumbless grip. ANY pressure on that elbow area kills me right now. Do you think that 4-inch bar (for the bench, typically), do you think, be able to alleviate the pressure?
I actually think the Swiss press bar would actually probably help most with elbow issues, that's pretty much what everyone I know or have read of has said, when they have problems with their elbows during benching.

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Old 04-26-2014, 09:02 PM   #12
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Re: Cambered Bar and Safety Squat (aka Yoke) Bar

Thanks, but the problem was specifically caused by squatting with a thumb-ed grip, is barely ever aggravated by benching, but ALWAYS with the low bar squat, even lighter weights like on DE day. Any sort of pressure that way kills my elbow for days to come, thus I'm looking for a new bar to squat with for the time being.
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Old 04-28-2014, 04:30 AM   #13
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Re: Cambered Bar and Safety Squat (aka Yoke) Bar

My bad you mentioned a bench bar, hence my thought process. I wouldn't use a bench bar to squat with, the area that's cambered is not really big you could fit a small person's shoulders in there, but it would definitely not be optimal, I would go with either the safety squat bar or the cambered bar.
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Re: Cambered Bar and Safety Squat (aka Yoke) Bar

so, i hear a lot that a SSB is more quad, less hamstring. has anyone tried this bar with a very wide stance?
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Re: Cambered Bar and Safety Squat (aka Yoke) Bar

Maybe I'm at fault, but don't overthink this. Yeah its a little more quad than a low bar squat, but it is still a squat. If you go wide and sit your butt back a lot, it will be hit the posterior chain more. If you bring in your stance and squat down its going to hit your quads more.

The advantage of this bar is its easy on the shoulders, makes you stay more upright and is good for good mornings, steps due to the yoke.
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Re: Cambered Bar and Safety Squat (aka Yoke) Bar

Well, keep in mind all I'm trying to do is decide which one to get to do squats and good mornings with, as my elbow (not shoulder in my case, don't think it makes a difference) will not allow me to do normal squats at this time. Both will take it easy on my elbow, can't afford both, thus trying to compare.
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Re: Cambered Bar and Safety Squat (aka Yoke) Bar

For elbow issues, my guess is the safety will be easier on them since you just use the hanldes for balance and not letting the bar tip back.

Whereas, with a cambered bar based on how you grab the bar, you still might be putting some pressure on the elbows with the wrist bending/supporting the bar when it sways back.
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Re: Cambered Bar and Safety Squat (aka Yoke) Bar

If your elbow problems are temporary and want a cheaper solution you may consider Top Squat form Dave Draper. It's a little cheaper than a safety squat bar.

Or I wonder if you could loop lifting straps around the bar like some do in a front squat for a back squat. Kind of like this:

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Old 05-01-2014, 05:43 AM   #19
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Re: Cambered Bar and Safety Squat (aka Yoke) Bar

I've done the lifting straps thing.

You basically just loop the straps around the bar as if the bar was your wrist, use the strap to mimick the safety squat bar handles.

Not the greatest solution but it does work.
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