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Safety Squat Bar Squats

hi
i just started using this bar today. My squat for 5 reps is usually around 180kgs but i struggled with 115kgs using the safety squat bar.

is this normal?
cheers
wayne

[quote]ballsofsteel wrote:
hi
i just started using this bar today. My squat for 5 reps is usually around 180kgs but i struggled with 115kgs using the safety squat bar.

is this normal?
cheers
wayne[/quote]

it should be more, i know ksu football team use the safety bar and have many players who safety squat 900-1000lbs, aka darren sproles.

Yes, this is normal because a properly built SSB will move the center of gravity forward, making it harder on you. The weights are higher up and forward when compared to a straight bar.

[quote]utfootball4 wrote:
ballsofsteel wrote:
hi
i just started using this bar today. My squat for 5 reps is usually around 180kgs but i struggled with 115kgs using the safety squat bar.

is this normal?
cheers
wayne

it should be more, i know ksu football team use the safety bar and have many players who safety squat 900-1000lbs, aka darren sproles.[/quote]

I beg your pardon? 900-1,000lbs? Many players?

What kind of depth are we talking here?

I’m under the belief that SSB squats are almost always less than regular squatting numbers. And I’m pretty sure that there arent any KSU football players squatting 900lbs in a parallel back squat.

To the OP, I don’t think that’s a huge discrepancy. Once you get accustomed to the new bar, the numbers will probably go up as well.

-MAtt

cheers
i do feel like the bar is pushing me forward, they are a lot harder

sorry i think 900lb to 1000lbs would be half squats not parallel squats. Also your not actually telling me what their normal bar squats are. Pretty pointless post

[quote]utfootball4 wrote:
ballsofsteel wrote:
hi
i just started using this bar today. My squat for 5 reps is usually around 180kgs but i struggled with 115kgs using the safety squat bar.

is this normal?
cheers
wayne

it should be more, i know ksu football team use the safety bar and have many players who safety squat 900-1000lbs, aka darren sproles.[/quote]

Never believe football lifting numbers. Most are inflated. Also, the ssb has some self spotting handles where guys pull with their arms to assist theirselves.

Every powerlifter I know has lifted less with the ssb than a straight bar due to the higher center of gravity.

[quote]utfootball4 wrote:

it should be more, i know ksu football team use the safety bar and have many players who safety squat 900-1000lbs, aka darren sproles.[/quote]

Bullshit.

The only way a SSB squat would be higher than a regular squat is if the person is holding onto the rack or some handles and not onto the bar itself, thereby using their arms to help pull themselves back up.