Safety Squat Bar Question

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  1. DanOz

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    Hello all,

    Can anyone tell me what is the advantage of having the Safety Squat Bar cambered? And if there is an advantage, what angle is recommended?

    Would there be any disadvantage in welding some handles onto a straight barbell instead?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. flow

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    cambered as in __---------__ or as in a bow in the upper bar ?


    they make the bar the way they do to bring the weight down in front of you. Similar to doing front squats.
     
  4. DanOz

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    I ask because I have seen numerous styles. One has the handles going in the same direction as the camber, which will sit the weight further to the front.

    Another has the handles at 90 degrees to the camber so that the weight sits at the same place it would if a straight bar was used, just lower due to the camber.

    Others are in between these two.

    But for my purpose which is purely to avoid shoulder issues I am thinking I will put some handles on a straight bar
     
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    have you got pics so i can compare?
    i am sort of lost in what your saying.
     
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    Dan, the SSBs available in Australia generally have the handles in the direction of the camber, the EFS SS Yoke Bar has it in the middle, Buffalo/Duffalo bars are just like a normal bar but bent without handles, big cambers are straight down (hard to keep steady), and spider bars are like the large cambers but with handles.

    If you make your own you'll need a pad unless you hate your spine.

    Honestly if I were you I'd just invest in an Olympic setup rather than standard.
     
  7. DanOz

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    Thanks. I have 600kg in standard plates. My barbell, trap bar etc take standard so it would be too expensive to swap it over. I have pads for the bar ready to go.

    Is there any disadvantage to using a straight bar rather than one with a camber?
     
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    I cant work out how to post pics sorry
     
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    [MENTION=2813]DanOz[/MENTION] use Imgur mate
     
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    No disadvantage. People never use a cambered bar in their life and still get great results. It's not going to make or break your training, just a useful tool.
     
  11. DanOz

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    Thanks to all.
     
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    [​IMG]

    In this pic the handles are 90 degrees to the direction the bar cambers.
     
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    This bar the handles are pointed more in the direction of the camber
     
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    the one i use is the second type. havent used the black one.
     
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    The second type looks like its basically like using a straight bar, like the camber more lowers the weight rather than moves it forward
     
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    it lowers it but the way it sits the weight is still out the front. Sits in a similar position to front squats but not as high obviously.
     
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    So the sleeve is 50mm and the bar 28mm. What's the diameter hole in your standard plates? Can you simply remove the sleeve and weld something else in place as a stop for the plates? If you know what i mean?
     
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    Sounds possible too but I already have an old barbell I can cut up for pieces and it will cost me $30 to have them welded on to make the SSB. Much cheaper than buying an Oly SSB!
     
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    Personally i think you'll need the camber on the bar to offset the weight and allow the bar to sit correctly with the handles, otherwise why would all the commercial manufacturers bother?

    Having said that....for $30 its probably worth a shot. Let us know how you get on.
     
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    That was my question really - why do they camber the bar? And with all the different angles from parallel to perpendicular to the camber.
     
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    when you say camber it threw me off a little. To me a camber is like the buffolo bar.

    but the place the weight were it is to shift it forward more.Simulates a front squat and takes some pressure of the lower spine i believe.
     

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