Squat Sponge Red 18"long, 3.5” diameter & 1.25"thick Olympic Barbell Pad
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- allows for proper form of squats and lunges w/comfort for the upper and lower back and abdomen area sock absorbing low-density foam for cradling the spine
- Molded thick foam of varying degrees of open and close cell foam; thickness and density with a grooved channel in the center it is18” long, 3.5”diameter &1.25” thick that will cradling the spine.
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Squat Sponge 18"long, 3.5" diameter & 1.25"thick Olympic Barbell Pad. enhances and allows for proper form for squats and lunges and provides additional comfort for the upper and lower back and abdomen area during said exercises for supporting a barbell. For a limited time only Giving away a Free consultation with an credited personal trainer like Elise Firestone, This is $75 dollar value. For a limited time only with each Squat Sponge purchase.
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I use it for Hip thrusts, glute bridges, seated calf raises on the smith machine and grip holds. It is an excellent piece of equipment and highly recommended. I do a lot of Bret Contreras stuff in my workouts so it helps. I used 365lbs for Hip thrusts and it felt comfortable. I highly recommend it.
Even with this though, there are still times where I can feel the bar and the pain sets in, thats just the point of needing to push through tho. Dont force yourself to endure unneeded pains when working out, thats not required for getting in shape.
Biggest issue I have with this is the price, this is honestly a foam tube cut and shaved.
It will fit the largest of bars--like on the newer Smith Machines. The sponge does NOT fit all the way around the bar--i.e. there is a modest gap where the pad splits to pop on the bar--but the sponge does stay on fine if you position it correctly.
Would it be a better idea for them to make the 1.25" inner diameter bigger (maybe 1.5"), yes. But this sponge WILL stay on the bar fine.
By the way, it comes with a "Squat Sponge" nylon bag with a draw string THAT THE Squat Sponge WILL NOT FIT IN!! I could not imagine any other use for a red nylon bag with a big weird logo on it, so I threw it away! I guess it SEEMED like a good idea at the time.... Note to self: "Order bags that actually FIT what we're selling!!"
Pros: 1. It does what it's supposed to - it protects her neck and shoulders. 2. It's easy to slip on and off and seems nice and sturdy.
Cons: 1. It slips on and off a little too easy - a velcro strap or other fastener would be nice. 2. You have to make sure you've oriented the bar the right way before getting under it. 3. I can't use it, as it forces the bar into more of a low position and I prefer a high bar position.
For those who can't handle the barbell on the shoulders, this is a good pad.
This sponge is even worse that I initially thought it was going to be, I'm doing my first real workout with it, I just tested it before, and it FALLS OFF every time I slide a plate in, do yourself a favor and look elsewhere, sorry for this negative review but it does not do what it is supposed to do, anyways I may upload a video showing what I speak about.
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I bought this thinking it would be the answer to my back squats but as it turns out it is just as confortable to "USE" as the towel I was using before, I'ts always falling and the big opening sometimes rolls and I end up having to get out from under the bar to make sure I'm resting my back, shoulders and neck where it's supposed to be. The sponge works okay in the sense that i brings more protection to my neck that the towel did, but if I just wanted better proteccion (i want the ease of use this was supposed to provide) I would have bought just any sponge and hold it to the bar with some kind of strap, which i anyway have to use with this product as it does not stay in place..... I don't recommend this product.