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April 17th, 2013, 08:27 AM
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We have a barbell now so I am doing my squats with a barbell and not with dumbbells. I am trying to increase how much I can lift as well. The problem I have always had with squats has more to do with getting the bar over my head and getting bruises on my neck or shoulders from them. Has anyone had this problem or read up on this?

I'm thinking about just getting a pad or using a towel but I don't know how much that will help. I have a bruise now and it really hurts. I'm not looking forward to my next workout because of this. I don't know if my body will adjust and this will get easier.
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April 17th, 2013, 10:20 AM
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ouch! I've never done much work with a barbell so I can't say I've heard of this problem. Have you tried looking it up? Yeah, I would think maybe a rolled up towel or similar pad would help, maybe have your spotter help you get the bar where it needs to be? IDK...
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April 17th, 2013, 10:48 AM
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ouch! I've never done much work with a barbell so I can't say I've heard of this problem. Have you tried looking it up? Yeah, I would think maybe a rolled up towel or similar pad would help, maybe have your spotter help you get the bar where it needs to be? IDK...
Yeh, I googled on it this morning. I think I am going to try to position the bar a little lower next time and see if that helps and I may roll a towel up to see if that helps.
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April 17th, 2013, 11:32 AM
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Ouch! So sorry you have gotten a bruise from your barbell. I don't have a barbell and haven't done anything with one since high school when we lifted weights during sports practices. I hope you are able to find something that helps. Just did a search to see if this idea would work and found a site suggesting it...You could buy some foam pipe insulation to wrap around the bar and it would probably stay in place better than a towel. (http://www.videofitness.com/beginners/bc-strength.php)
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April 17th, 2013, 11:57 AM
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Ouch! So sorry you have gotten a bruise from your barbell. I don't have a barbell and haven't done anything with one since high school when we lifted weights during sports practices. I hope you are able to find something that helps. Just did a search to see if this idea would work and found a site suggesting it...You could buy some foam pipe insulation to wrap around the bar and it would probably stay in place better than a towel. (http://www.videofitness.com/beginners/bc-strength.php)
Thanks! I just ordered a foam pad from amazon so hopefully it will help.
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April 17th, 2013, 12:01 PM
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Oh no. I have never had that happen but a lot of the time I will lift the barbell up and just hold it in front of me as I squat instead of placing it on my shoulders. I will sort of cross my arms and support it in front of me.

I hope the foam pad works. If not you might try holding it in front. I hope your bruise heals soon.
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April 17th, 2013, 12:07 PM
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Oh no. I have never had that happen but a lot of the time I will lift the barbell up and just hold it in front of me as I squat instead of placing it on my shoulders. I will sort of cross my arms and support it in front of me.

I hope the foam pad works. If not you might try holding it in front. I hope your bruise heals soon.
That's what I did with most of my other leg exercises. When I did calf raises I just held it in front of me but I don't feel like I can balance when I do squats if I don't put it on my shoulders. I'll have to play around with my positioning of the bar and see if that helps.
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No additional advice, but hope your bruises heal quickly.
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