squats and pads

growlingz

Newbie
i'm getting irritated because the more i grow my traps and get stronger the more the bar hurts my neck when i am doing squats. never was a problem when i was squatting 1 or 2 plates. but now that i am doing 3 and 4 plates it is an issue. my neck is sore after. my gym has one of those pad thingy's should i use that?
 

sambee38

V.I.P. Gold
i'm getting irritated because the more i grow my traps and get stronger the more the bar hurts my neck when i am doing squats. never was a problem when i was squatting 1 or 2 plates. but now that i am doing 3 and 4 plates it is an issue. my neck is sore after. my gym has one of those pad thingy's should i use that?
You mean the pad to put on the bar so you can place on your neck. You can use it but it's usually dirty, buy your own.
 

SteveSmi

Moderator
the correct strategy here is do front squats, this way the bar is not resting on your traps. they are superior anyway cause they prevent you from cheating as easily. i would tell you to go ahead and use the pad but i don't believe in using accessories when i lift. raw lifting= correct lifting
 
I never recommend using the "tampon"! I would make sure the bar is resting more on your back and not your traps. Keep your form solid and try some front squats in the mix.
 

RickRock

V.I.P. Gold
Dont use the pad man. Just don't. Maybe you are putting the bar in the wrong place. Usually the only people getting hurt by the bar are the people with bo muscle back there. Usually building up your traps provides a damn good place for them to rest and it doesnt even bother you
 

Tazz

V.I.P. Gold
you should use it, while you’re at it stop at Starbucks and get a latte and get a manicure after, don’t wana break a nail either.
 
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