At most gyms, there’s a cylindrical pad on the floor somewhere near the squat rack. (If it’s not there, check the Smith machine.) When I first started squatting, I needed that pad on the bar—or thought I did. How else would I protect my bony neck?
Front squats are a great exercise to work into your routine, but some of us have a hard time getting comfortable with a bar right in front of our neck and our wrists cocked back. If this sounds like you, we have a few options you can try.
So many exercises require nothing but a few moments (and either the confidence or privacy to get them done without worrying about looking silly). You can do squats while you brush your teeth, for example.