Happy New Year to you all:
Hoping to get some feedback regarding a squatting technique. My gym has a piece of equipment called the Manta Ray. It’s a molded plastic piece that fits onto the bar and cradles the shoulder when you get into position on the bar. My understanding is that using it helps correct poor posture when doing the squats.
I recently started doing my first HST program and when I do the squats, I also began using the manta ray piece on the bar. I definitely feel something different, but what I feel I’m not sure is right. Using the manta ray piece, I find I lean more forward when squatting. Sure, seems to blast the thighs more, but it also kills my lower back. In doing the first cycle of HST (15RM sets), I can hardly get to rep #15 with this manta ray piece, because my back is so sore. I also find I can’t do as many reps as easily when I use the manta ray, as opposed to when I squat without it. Do others have experience with this piece of equipment. My thinking is perhaps this is HOW it IS supposed to feel, and I’ve been doing squats improperly all along, until I began using the manta ray. Any feedback from y’all would be great. Thanks!