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How To Quit Using A Barbell Pad For Squats

How To Quit Using A Barbell Pad For Squats

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?

Why You Should Plank Before Squats Or Deadlifts

Why You Should Plank Before Squats Or Deadlifts

We’ve all heard the phrase “engage your core” as it relates to lifting. And your core strength is crucial—we’ve written about it in the past—it’s the difference between a crappy deadlift and a great one. Or a mediocre pushup and one with perfect form. Basically, if you’re doing anything requiring…