We know you hate front squatting. The bar feels like it’s going to choke you, and your wrists are too tight to hold it up. But if you have a safety squat bar, you’ve got a tool to help you front squat more comfortably and effectively.

The Safety Squat Bar

What It Is

The safety squat bar has a pad in the center and two handles that point perpendicularly to the bar. It’s made to sit at the base of your neck with the handles pointing forward— but if you flip it around so the handles point back, you have a front squat apparatus that’s gentler on your shoulders and easier to grip.

How To Use It

Hold it for a front squat as you would a regular bar, bracing it with your hands crossed over. There should be a half-inch or so of space between your neck and the pad, allowing you to breathe better. When you squat, you’ll find it’s easier to keep your body upright.

Quick Tip:

Front squats target the quads better than the classic back squat, and they offer less strain to the lower back.