Yesterday I did some heavy (for me) front squats. I find the barbell on my front shoulders so painful that it's no longer funny. I tried using a barbell pad and even a towel, but it hurts.
Being an idiot, I worked through it - did my 5x5 with a new max weight. Legs felt fine (could handle more weight) but the discomfort makes the exercise intense in a non-constructive way.
Well today, I have small electric shock pains in my right arm. It's sporadic but sharp and painful when it occurs. My left (especially) and right shoulders are also really sore to the touch where the padded barbell rested (not DOMS sore, bruised sore).
Is that Manta/Stong ray (whichever does the front...) worth trying? Right now, I feel like I'm going to drop front squats from my routine, which will probably sabotage my longer term plans for getting better at Oly lifts.
I don't have the flexibility to hold the barbell with my finger tips and arms out, so I use the "bodybuilding" method of crossed arms.
Any suggestions welcome...I'd like to keep doing these, but I don't want to cause some nerve damage (assuming I haven't already) or even have to put up with useless pain during a workout.