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Old 08-07-2006, 10:37 AM   #1
Aaron Uhrina
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Just curious what you is the opinion on this board of the manta ray for back squats. In case you don't know, the manta ray is a little bad that rests on your shoulders for use in holding the bar. Here is a link to it:

http://www.adfit.com/mantaray/index.asp
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Old 08-07-2006, 11:07 AM   #2
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dont know anything about them but i am curiouse to
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Old 08-07-2006, 11:15 AM   #3
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I've tried it a few times and just did not like the "feel" of it. I noticed no discernible impact on the amount of weight I could squat or, contrary to their claims, my posture during the squat. Personally, I prefer to use the round pad or a towel if I am going to use a pad at all.

But I have a friend who swears by it and doesn't like to squat without it.

So, it would probably come down to personal preference.
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Old 08-07-2006, 11:30 AM   #4
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thanks sam
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Old 08-07-2006, 03:27 PM   #5
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absolutely hate it. hurts like . besides, that's why the good Lord gave me traps and scapulae. just learn how to find the sweet spot you already got. it's probably lower than you're currently carrying the bar.
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Old 08-07-2006, 04:48 PM   #6
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As a former Powerlifter I used it once a week with great results.

I was a low bar squatter and over the years developed some bicipital tendonitis. The manta-ray elevated the bar and relieved the pressure. I usually squatted twice a week, once with the manta ray.

Nothing beats the bar on your back but sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do.

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Old 08-07-2006, 06:37 PM   #7
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I really don't like any aids, unless an injury is present. But it has it's uses, like Jerry pointed out.
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Old 08-07-2006, 08:16 PM   #8
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I've used one for years & still really like it. I find that it is more stable than the round bar pads.
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Old 08-07-2006, 09:14 PM   #9
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I have the Manta Ray and like it for me and need it for some of my folks who don't have any traps or shoulders to speak of. It puts the bar in just the right spot and makes squatting much more comfortable.

http://www.topsquat.com/

Dave Draper's Top Squat device is another useful solution and I like this one too. The bar balances well, is comfortable on your shoulders and you can put your hands in front of you in a MUCH more comfortable position than on the bar if you have any shoulder flexibility issues.
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