Turning the Trap Bar into a Safety Squat Bar

The other day I posted an article called “8 Unconventional Uses for the Trap Bar” for BreakingMuscle.com. And if you take the time to read it, you’ll come across a section where I discuss turning the Trap Bar Squat into a Safety Bar Squat.

Here’s an excerpt from the article (in italics):

5. Trap Bar Squat

This exercise was born after experimenting with the high farmers walk. I recognized it was a winner when a client with poor shoulder mobility was successful with it.

The client not only loved the innovation, but I came up with this padded option in the middle of our session.

Padded Trap Bar 1

I didn’t have a squat pad, so that’s a yoga mat. Anything could be used really, even a towel.

Padded Trap Bar 2

Basically, it gives you the ability to rest the back of the bar on your shoulders like a safety bar. The only difference being, you don’t have to buy a safety squat bar.

Unfortunately, I never posted the video with this device in the original article.  So here it is:

Keeping in mind that this isn’t to replace other forms of squatting, but to compliment them.  With this option giving shoulder restricted individuals the ability to progress without pain.

Stay Lean!
Coach Mike


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