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Old 07-31-2013, 03:32 PM   #1
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Gidday there,

I'm just wondering about the Safety Squat bar.

What do the good folk of MAB think of them ?

What is the reason yous use them ?

And should I use one ? I want a 700 pound raw squat, will this help me on my quest or will it just leave me pissed off like a five minute ab machine that doesn't deliver.

BTW my squat is 440 pounds at the moment.

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Old 07-31-2013, 03:43 PM   #2
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I think loads of normal tech squats will get you the 700lbs eventually.

However the safety bar squat could be a good quad dominant assistance lift and challenge core in a different way.
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I am a pretty big fan of the safety squat bar and the guys at gym use it a lot. Just puts the weight at a little different place. I think it is great as an assistance movement. Also, I really like using the SSB for good mornings.

The bar forces you to stay upright and drive into it. It is a good training tool, but squats with the straight bar are king.
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Yes I think it would benefit you too have one in your arsenal. That bar hits the mid/upper back like nothing else will. Also it saves shoulder and elbow pain by keeping your shoulder in a more neutral position. Cons: there kind of expensive, and make surely if you don't have a mono lift it will work in your rack. I haven't seen one that didn't work in a power rack but it's better to be safe then sorry

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I think loads of normal tech squats will get you the 700lbs eventually.

However the safety bar squat could be a good quad dominant assistance lift and challenge core in a different way.
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I am a pretty big fan of the safety squat bar and the guys at gym use it a lot. Just puts the weight at a little different place. I think it is great as an assistance movement. Also, I really like using the SSB for good mornings.

The bar forces you to stay upright and drive into it. It is a good training tool, but squats with the straight bar are king.
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Yes I think it would benefit you too have one in your arsenal. That bar hits the mid/upper back like nothing else will. Also it saves shoulder and elbow pain by keeping your shoulder in a more neutral position. Cons: there kind of expensive, and make surely if you don't have a mono lift it will work in your rack. I haven't seen one that didn't work in a power rack but it's better to be safe then sorry
Thanks for the advice everyone, I'm going to get one and give it a whirl.

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I had one made after my pec tear. One of the best decisions I ever made. I was never one to really mess with other bars, but it really targeted some weak points for me that I didnt know I had.
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I had one made after my pec tear. One of the best decisions I ever made. I was never one to really mess with other bars, but it really targeted some weak points for me that I didnt know I had.
I was able to train with mine after getting my pec reattached a few years back. This is just a couple weeks after surgery. Only had my arm out of the sling to keep it out of the way of my leg


I think its a beneficial tool. I Use for rep work, Pause Squats, and ME work. I like to use it with heavy chains when doing ME work.
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I was able to train with mine after getting my pec reattached a few years back. This is just a couple weeks after surgery. Only had my arm out of the sling to keep it out of the way of my leg


I think its a beneficial tool. I Use for rep work, Pause Squats, and ME work. I like to use it with heavy chains when doing ME work.
That was me as well, 10 months next week going strong.
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I was able to train with mine after getting my pec reattached a few years back. This is just a couple weeks after surgery. Only had my arm out of the sling to keep it out of the way of my leg


I think its a beneficial tool. I Use for rep work, Pause Squats, and ME work. I like to use it with heavy chains when doing ME work.
Thanks for the reply mate, I'm in. Nice squats to mate, I'm in for shoulder surgery next month so it's most probably going a very useful tool then.

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I had one made after my pec tear. One of the best decisions I ever made. I was never one to really mess with other bars, but it really targeted some weak points for me that I didnt know I had.
Thanks JB, Hey you don't have the dimensions for your bar handy ? If you cant remember don't sweat it I'll work it out. I'm going to price getting one built vs the off the shelf version. Thanks for the video too mate, I was goggling Safety Squat Bar for a while and never really came up with anything concrete.

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