SAFETY SQUAT BARBELL
The Safety Squat Barbell (SSB) has been patented in the 80’s by the American Jesse Hoagland, who condensed in this special bar his long training experience with straight cambered bars, buffalo bars and other similar solutions.
The Safety Squat Barbell has three main features:
1. The grip handles: tubes that are welded to the barbell and covered in rubber in the final part.
2. The wide padding, located also on the grip tubes to protect the shoulders
3. The barbell’s sleeves, with a 10cm misalignment with respect to main part of the barbell
The aim is to reduce some of the difficulties concerning a complex exercise like the squat performed with a free barbell heavily loaded. In particular, it is very widespread a difficulty on correctly positioning the barbell, because of a limited mobility of the shoulders due to injuries or to other individual physical features.
The presence of the grip handles makes possible to position and stabilize the barbell, avoiding that the limited joint mobility of the shoulders could generate elevated tensions on the back and incorrect postures, which may have negative effects on the performance of the exercises and may reduce its effectiveness and increase the risk of suffering injuries.
The presence of wide padding for the shoulders, together with the grip handles, creates a larger surface of contact between the body and the barbell, providing a better perception of the barbell itself and, as a consequence, a better control of the load, especially if it is particularly heavy. This control is essential in the squat, because it represents an important prerequisite for a correct performance of the exercise, starting from the research of a weight balance with respect to the body and, in particular, to the feet.
By grabbing the grip handles, the barbell sleeves are around 10 cm onwards with respect to the axis of the barbell and this causes a shift also of the weight, which results to have a slightly more central position than in a traditional barbell. The result is some sort of hybrid between front and back squat and, consequently, a more vertical posture that in some cases, especially for the beginners, can help performing the exercises in a correct position and controlling the movement, in particular for what concerns keeping the lumbar curve.
Nevertheless, the Safety Squat Barbell must not be considered a barbell for beginners, even if the word ‘Safety’ could be misleading: the use of this barbell does not reduce in any way the complexity of the exercise or resolve the difficulties linked with performing it with heavy loads. The Safety Squat Barbell represents one of the many special barbells that can be useful to try variations to the traditional workout. In this particular case, it can be very useful in bypassing some joint mobility limitations that could keep some users from performing the squat. Moreover, thanks to the high control on the load, the Safety Squat Barbell can be suitable also for the performance of exercises like lunges, single-leg exercises, Bulgarian squats, step-ups, etc.
Weight: 24 kg
Length: 2270 mm
Internal length: 1300 mm
Diameter of the grip handles: 30 mm
Distance between the grip handles: 400 mm
Marker and knurling: 810 mm, medium knurling
Barbell sleeves: 50 mm, hard chrome, with rotary bearings
Bar: painted, color black
Static load capacity: 300 kg