Post by Todd Fano
For the second instalment in my series on specialty bars we will look at the safety squat bar.
The unique forward facing handles allows people with restricted shoulder mobility to squat without pain. This handle design is also beneficial to athletes who have a high rate of shoulder injuries. This would include swimmers, baseball pitchers and volleyball players just to name a few. Another unique feature of the bar is the cambered ends of the bar. The cambered ends shift the weight towards the front of the body, this gives the “feel” of a front squat. This forces the lifter to adopt a more vertical torso and therefore less hip flexion and possibly less knee strain. It also helps engage the anterior muscles of the abdominals.