Anyone Else HATE Collars?
Thirty years ago, I was doing 20 Rep Squats in my Gym.
For once I was making great gains.
10 more Pounds was going on the Bar every week.
I was beginning to think that I might get to the Magical Weight of 405 X 20 Before I hit a Plateau...
And why, O my Friends, is 405 Pounds a "Magic Weight"?
Because it is an Olympic Bar with 4 45 Pound Plates on either side.
Then I came into the Gym one day, and some Evil Force had messed with my Good Vibes by the most effective subtle means immaginable.
There was a Big Sign saying:
"Collars Must Be Used At All Times When Squatting".
"What is that about?" I asked my Coach—who was half-owner.
"I don't know—Some Wild-Hair that Bud got stuck in his Craw."
Damn, Damn, Tripple Damn!!!
Obviously, from the Phrasing, my Coach didn't feel strongly about the Rule...
But neither was he going to countermand his Partner and get in a Hissing Contest over something he felt was of no Importance...
Now obviously, at some point—as the weight grows great enough to seriously bend the bar, collars become Prudent—and a bit later, Essential.
In the Squat, 405 Ain't it.
495 Ain't it.
Depending on one's style—585 may not quite be "It".
I have Never seen someone fail at a Squat in the Gym in such a way that the Bar tips precipitously enough to one side to Dump Plates...
Or to be Prevented from such an action by a Collar.
Certainly, it is Possible—And I will gladly Accept the Risk, whatever it may be, given the freedom to choose.
Collared Plates don't tinkle Merrily and "Sing" to me.
The Thrice-Damned contraptions change the Harmonics and Feel of the Weight...
And I HATE them.
My dislike of Collars grows every time I think about them—for Squats...
They are quite handy when deadlifting—particularly for reps...
In fact, my Loathing for Collared Squats has grown to the place, that in a Gym that didn't Require them...
My own self-imposed Weight Threshold for when I would Voluntarily use them has gone up about 180 Pounds—Just Because.
I HATE Collars.