Top squat or safety bar?

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by mikeg313 View Post
    I edited my post to include the stabilization aspect. It's an improvement on the Smith machine, but still far from optimal.
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  2. I haven't read all of the posts and I'm sure this has been said but I will put in my two cents. The safety squat bar will be a different training effect because it is designed to swing the weight out in front of you making it harder on your mid and low back. However the buffalo barbell is a curved barbell made for squat that puts a lot less stress on your shoulder you could look into that. It could still be a bit too much torque on your shoulder though. Just an idea
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  3. I just need like 2-3 freakin inches forward from the bar on my shoulders. If they made some kind of bar extension grips, like a couple handles you could just strap around the bar so I don't have to reach so far back.

  4. Think straps would be a good option? Now that I think of it I feel dumb for not trying it already . Not sure if it'll be as effective for back squats as front squats.

  5. Quote Originally Posted by mikeg313 View Post
    I just need like 2-3 freakin inches forward from the bar on my shoulders. If they made some kind of bar extension grips, like a couple handles you could just strap around the bar so I don't have to reach so far back.
    Look up the buffalo barbell.
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  6. Just ordered my top squat bar. Looks just like what I need to continue squatting. Tried the safety squat bar in my gym, but no handles on it. It dosent even feel right. Hope the top squat will be a better idea.

  7. Quote Originally Posted by rhino67jg View Post
    Just ordered my top squat bar. Looks just like what I need to continue squatting. Tried the safety squat bar in my gym, but no handles on it. It dosent even feel right. Hope the top squat will be a better idea.
    Where did u order it from?
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  8. I ordered mine threw davedraper.com/top-squat.html. I wanted mine from the manufacturer. I read where some guys who ordered it threw ebay, didnt get the safety velcro straps that come with it.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by rhino67jg View Post
    I ordered mine threw davedraper.com/top-squat.html. I wanted mine from the manufacturer. I read where some guys who ordered it threw ebay, didnt get the safety velcro straps that come with it.
    Good call. Been thinking about for a bit especially after 3 shoulder operations.
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  10. When you get it post your review on it. I was talking to the guy that owns my gym and he said he's used it and it felt ackward because the your arms are out front and the weight isn't offset to counteract the balance like a safety bar. He said it felt like it was gonna slide down his back. He's kind of a scrawny dude not very in shape so i dunno how much I can trust his critique

  11. Sure thing

  12. Ok, Just received my top squat bar. This thing is built like a tank. Made very well. I weighed it at work on a digital scale & it weighs 12 pounds. There is some play between the bar & the inside of the neck pad. You have to make sure its positioned on the center of the bar because it does have a tendency to slide a bit from left to right, if you physically move it with your hands. It comes with 2 Velcro straps that rap around the neck pad. They are probably not needed, but it's a nice plus for your own peace of mind. Once you get under the top squat you will notice how the bar pushes into the pad, so there is no way the bar will slip out or slide around because of the pressure of the pad pushing the bar upon your traps. I was using the safety squat bar for two weeks working up to 210 for 3 sets of 8. Today with the top squat, I worked up to 240 for 8 reps. After not being able to squat for a few years because of arthritis in my shoulders, I have to say that I do like the top squat & look forward to being able to squat again.

  13. Sounds cool, I totally missed the update til now

  14. I love the safety squat bar. I have adequate mobility to front and back squat but I like having the safety squat bar as a separate tool.
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  15. After 3 shoulder operations and arthritis and bone spurs (getting old sucks) I might have to give this a look.

    How was shipping from draper's site?
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  16. Arrived in a large box. No problems, no worries. I have to say.... with shoulder issues.. the weight of the top squat with the bar & weight will put pressure on your shoulders. I always squated with the bar low on my back. With the top squat... I have to learn to keep the bar higher up on my traps & neck which does give my shoulders some soreness. It goes away quick. Just have to man up & be happy I can squat again. I recommend you watch the video from the site, so you can see how they are using the device.

  17. You dont have to do regular bb squats unless you are a powerlifter. Plenty of options ssb, bulgarian squat, smith machine, hack squat machine, real hack squats, deadlifts, front squats, trap bar deadlift etc.

  18. Ive been working on my regular bb squat lately but once I get above 245 I feel my form gets alil bad and I lean forward with my lower back to much. Due to my lack of reach its very uncomfortable to try and keep straight without the bar slipping off my back going down to parallel. When I get some extra cash I think I'm gonna pick one up and use it for my heavier squats.

  19. Just check out the video on it before you purchase. It is different than squatting with a regular bar. Check it out on u tube or the site itself. Plus I did do a little review on it on this thread if you want to check it out. I did have a friend give it a try this week, & he didn't like it. So just check it out before you buy.

  20. Quote Originally Posted by rhino67jg View Post
    Just check out the video on it before you purchase. It is different than squatting with a regular bar. Check it out on u tube or the site itself. Plus I did do a little review on it on this thread if you want to check it out. I did have a friend give it a try this week, & he didn't like it. So just check it out before you buy.
    I'm the one that posted the link in the OP that has the videos. ;-) looks decent but its better to hear first hand. Thanks for sharing

  21. No problem... feels good to be able to squat again..

  22. Quote Originally Posted by rhino67jg View Post
    No problem... feels good to be able to squat again..
    I bet, I'm trying to talk my gym owner into picking a SSB up along with a trap squat bar.
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