- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 5.4 x 4.1 inches ; 1 pounds
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- Item model number: 4662
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (433 customer reviews)
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- Lets you focus on the squat movement and technique rather that discomfort, numbness or shearing muscle trauma
- Unique weight distribution principle takes the bar off your deltoids and vertebrae, transfers weight across your trapezius muscles and reduces risk of injury.
- Maximizes mass-building potential.
- Easy to use. Simply snap the Manta Ray to the center of your bar and you’re perfectly centered for every set.
- Protect against crush trauma. Your body’s energy is directed to mass-building muscle fibers.
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As I mentioned, I do like the simplicity of being able to quickly secure the Manta Ray onto any Olympic bar. It's relatively light, and easy to carry in your gym bag too, which is always a good thing. The design of this also allows the weight of the bar to be distributed over your traps, and not directly on the spine, which even with the foam pad is not recommended.
After years of powerlifting and using a "low bar" squat technique, I've struggled with shoulder issues, and with age also invites arthritis to join the party; especially in my wrists. Thus, working out with heavier weight can stress my elbows, shoulders and wrists much more than they used to. At least, I feel it a heck of a lot more. Therefore, I was excited to try this in the hopes of eliminating, or at least reducing some of the extra stress holding a bar lower down my back introduces.
The two techniques of high and low bar placement for squats are very different, and knowing this, I expected a learning curve. Everything is affected from the way I stand to the way my body mechanics respond to where the bar is placed. I didn't assume I could just slap on the Manta Ray and carry on with my regular squat routine without going through a few changes in both weight and technique.
Well, the Manta Ray definitely takes the stress off the elbows, shoulders, and is not uncomfortable at all resting on my traps. The problem I have with it is the amount of teetering that goes on when I have weight on my back. This is most likely attributed to developed trap muscles, not allowing both sides of the device to secure itself soundly to my body. For me, this is something I simply cannot use when the weight starts increasing, as I'm working to stabilize the load. In addition, the high bar position forces your body to become more upright, which in my opinion, makes it that much harder to balance the weight, taking a little from the glutes and hamstrings and putting more stress on the quads and knees. As I know these versions are different, I utilize front squats to work more quads (See the excellent Sting Ray from the same company).
For lighter weight, this is fine. I'm not worried about having to stabilize much, and any rolling or teetering does not concern me. Therefore I can honestly say I have mixed feelings about this product, and only use it when I feel I absolutely have to, and still need to squat. However, this does not mean it's an inferior device at all or that it won't work for you. For those of you used to high bar squats, or to people that don't obsess over having huge traps, the price alone makes it worth looking into. It's also good for anyone with pain in their joints or muscles that would otherwise inhibit being able to do squats with an Olympic bar.
I also have the Sting Ray, and love it for front squats. It's not perfect either, but it's an inexpensive way to get into front squatting without putting either your wrists or shoulders through hell to enjoy the benefit of doing them.
I know ranking a review in the middle doesn't help someone on the fence, but I don't believe in bashing a product just because it really doesn't work out for me. I can honestly say there's more upside to the Manta Ray than negative, and should work fine for most conventional squatters, and even aging powerlifters needing to spell their joints every once in a while. It also implements a nice change up for people doing only low bar squats, forcing the core to pay attention to a new twist. Just be mindful of the limitations and ask yourself which squatting style you're planning on doing first.
Good luck, and I hope my review was helpful.
I can do low-bar squats without any pad, but I simply cannot find a good bar position for high-bar squats that does not press on my upper back or neck vertebrae. So I use the Manta. It seems perfectly shaped for my upper back region and is very comfortable. Why suffer or damage your back ?!?!? Although it does raise the bar slightly, It seems to make a negligible difference to the squat mechanics.
I also have the $12 rubber version of a "Manta" from one of the copycat vendors, and to tell you the truth, it is almost as good. The rubber version is pretty dense rubber, like a basketball or football might be made of, so it is more flexible, but still pretty stiff and functions quite well. Both a virtually exactly the same shape. This real Manta grips the bar much tighter and looks like it will last longer. So it is definitely "better"; but is it enough better to pay 4X the cost ? Tough question. Functionally, they both achieve the same result for me.