I'm coming off a back/neck injury and the safety squat bar is the perfect tool for my basement gym. The bar alone feels like you're squatting air, which shows how well it displaces the pressure that would normally rest on your neck/shoulders.
My wife and I have been using this bar now for a couple weeks. So much easier to maintain form and do heavier weight. Better for your shoulders because you're not reaching back, hanging onto the bar to support the weight. Our trainer was impressed!
I’m so glad I bought this. I’ve been saving for my prx home gym and this was on the list. It’s more quad focused and forces you to engage your core. Subconsciously, to keep your balance. It’s definitely A different feel but It’s the way a squat should feel, hard but comfortable. My shoulders don’t hurt (I had both worked on and cleaned out a couple years ago) and I feel zero pain since my arms are in the front. I also use it for military presses because, well it’s perfect for that too. The quality of the bar is solid and heavy. The sleeves are fixed and definitely wear collars for safety as the balancing is different. I’ve been lifting since I was 17 and now 43 and dropped my first plate (because it’s balance is so different). I should of had the collars on. If you know what a safety bar is and you think you could use it, well you can, it’s amazing. It also looks really good on my rack if I say so myself. Happy gains.
As this was a "pandemic purchase", I'm glad it was in stock. Like most (all?) fitness-related companies, these guys are buried, so it took a couple of weeks for my SSB to get shipped. Understandable. They told me it would be a couple of weeks, and that's what it was. The package arrived in great shape, and the bar was well packed and protected. As for the bar itself, the padding is extra thick, and at 63 years old, I appreciate that! The black powder coat finish looked great, not that that was important to me. One note, unlike other SSB's, the sleeves do not rotate on bearings. They are fixed, a solid bar from end to end. Again, that wasn't a concern for me. When it comes to actually using it, well, for the first time ever, squats were COMFORTABLE. I've got tears in my left shoulder, and could only do regular squats or front squats in pain. And being distracted with pain is not conducive to keeping perfect form with squats. Yeah, those were a disaster waiting to happen. But no more. I wholeheartedly recommend the PRX safety squat bar. I plan to keep and use mine for as long as I can. Using this, I don't know why anyone would want to do squats with a regular bar.