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Old 03-13-2013, 10:26 AM   #1
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I used to be a pad user, until I had 225lb slip off my back directly because of it. I think it was Glight who said never to use it, and I haven't looked back. I get a bit of a "spinal compression" feeling but I'm pretty sure I'm doing everything properly and supporting the weight with arms / proper positioning.

So... do you use one? Or go raw bar?

I found this hilarious comment on whether to use one or not:

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The worst part about using a pad when squatting is telling your parents you're gay.

But if you decide to use one (I hear it's acceptable in New York now), as a fashion rule make sure that your gloves match the pad.


On a serious note, if you ever plan on squatting some serious weight then you're better off just ditching the pad. The pad can make things quite unstable and dangerous with 500, 600 or 700lbs on your back. Or even less. Also, if you're so worried about a little bit of discomfort or a tiny bit of raw skin then you're in the wrong hobby and should probably pick up crochet or scrap-booking or something.
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:33 AM   #2
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no way in hell. That is an amazing quote btw lol

Where my bar sits it doesn't even touch my spine. It's on my traps and shoulders.

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Old 03-13-2013, 10:56 AM   #3
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I was told years ago to train without it, it will toughen up your traps.

The first couple weeks getting into squats again I was getting those lines that would run across the top/back side of my shouldders
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Old 03-13-2013, 10:57 AM   #4
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So many things wrong with using the pad.....

If you feel like the bar is digging into your spine you need to grip narrower and tighten your back so that there is a shelf for the bar to sit on.

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I was told years ago to train without it, it will toughen up your traps.

The first couple weeks getting into squats again I was getting those lines that would run across the top/back side of my shouldders
Gotta wear that line with pride!
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Since we are the subject, to increase strength for a noob.... should I do a 5x5 approach or do RPT?
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Since we are the subject, to increase strength for a noob.... should I do a 5x5 approach or do RPT?
RPT? Rippetoe 3x5? There are a hundred different ways to get stronger. If you do the 5x5 you'll burn out quicker then the 3x5. Just try to add weight every time without letting your form get too sh1tty

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Old 03-13-2013, 11:25 AM   #8
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i've never once had discomfort from not using the pad; i guess i just luckily happened upon that "shelf" we have on our upper backs and never looked back. it actually annoys the crap out of me that i haven't found the corresponding "shelf" for the front squat.
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i've never once had discomfort from not using the pad; i guess i just luckily happened upon that "shelf" we have on our upper backs and never looked back. it actually annoys the crap out of me that i haven't found the corresponding "shelf" for the front squat.
That bothers me too. I want you to discover it Mike Larry. Maybe I'll have a friend take a gay picture of me tonight so you can see.
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That bothers me too. I want you to discover it Mike Larry. Maybe I'll have a friend take a gay picture of me tonight so you can see.
incorporate the fleshlight in said pic
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incorporate the fleshlight in said pic
That will never be forgotten
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RPT? Rippetoe 3x5? There are a hundred different ways to get stronger. If you do the 5x5 you'll burn out quicker then the 3x5. Just try to add weight every time without letting your form get too sh1tty
He meant reverse pyramid, so typically your 5RM then take 10% weight off and go for an additional rep.

You'll get stronger in SL but why I think RPT rep method is more effective because on every set you are training to your max reps whereas with strong lifts you are most likely using same weight throughout... Meaning you would usually be fatiguing near the end sets only instead of every set.
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Used to use the pad, but definitely prefer it without now.
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Wow, I've been using a pad my whole life when doing squats. I wear gloves in the gym too lol. I have gone without the pad before and the bar digs right into my back/lower neck and is excruciating. Maybe I'm positioning it wrong. Kinda funny now that I'm reading about how the pad is for sissies.
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Yeah, you probably either have it positioned wrong, or need to narrow your grip (like was said before)
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no way in hell. That is an amazing quote btw lol

Where my bar sits it doesn't even touch my spine. It's on my traps and shoulders.
^^^This!
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:59 PM   #19
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I used to use a pad years ago. When I did not, I used to get some pain in my neck. Then I learned the proper form and things work better without them. I do wear full-fingered gloves. They help with grip and prevent calluses.
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I used to use a pad years ago. When I did not, I used to get some pain in my neck. Then I learned the proper form and things work better without them. I do wear full-fingered gloves. They help with grip and prevent calluses.
Nothing wrong with gloves, just make sure they match your purse.
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