If we had to choose only one specialty bar to train with forever, it would without hesitation be the safety squat bar (SSB).
While integrating the SSB into your training can drastically improve your squat and deadlift, various other movements can also benefit from the versatility of this bar. In addition to squats, the SSB can be used with good mornings, lunges, step ups, calf raises, and even the bench press, JM press, and overhead press.
5 Benefits of the SSB Back Squat
1. Less stress is placed on the shoulders when compared to squatting with a straight bar.
2. The camber distributes the weight in front of your center of gravity, demanding you to create a greater counter-force in the torso to stay upright. This stimulus helps to develop strength in the core and upper back, especially in the lats and traps.
3. The high-bar placement can allow for a more upright torso when squatting, thus reducing shear forces placed on the lower back.
4. The high-bar placement can also often enable a deeper range of motion, contributing to improvements in range of motion.
5. Developments in strength and technique as a result of the SSB back squat are directly correlated with increased strength and improved technique in your straight-bar back squat.
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APRIL 21, 2021