Specialty Bars for strength training give variety and help to prolong adaptation to a specific movement; like in this case, the squat. Using different bars throughout a training program can allow you to maximize your efforts on a weekly basis.
Maximal effort in its true essence is how you develop strength and power. Max Effort means you are lifting the most amount of weight possible for a certain amount of reps; usually no more than 5, but typically 1-2.
Why use a Cambered Squat Bar?
By using a cambered bar for squatting, it will take some of the stress of the shoulders that accumulate by using a straight barbell all the time. You are able to place your hands lower than on a straight barbell reducing the shoulder rotation.
With that being said, the cambered bar does not make squatting easier… in fact it will be more challenging maintaining balance and helps to teach stability throughout the different stages of the lift.
So, the cambered squat bar not only helps to reduce shoulder issues caused by squatting with a straight barbell, but also helps to reinforce stability and form by the weight being able to swing freely based on your movement pattern. If you have an inefficient squat pattern this bar will penalize you for it… use it and see what I mean.
Will a Cambered Squat Bar Improve my Squat?
As I said above, this bar will make you pay if you have bad squat technique. So, yes this bar will help to improve your squat, but at the same time you need to be spending time under a straight barbell to practice and improve as well.
For a beginner, this bar is probably not necessary, although it would not be a bad idea to use one if possible. Learning basic squat technique should come first, and then as you progress, this bar is a must to add more stimulus to your training.
This bar is definitely a great option for anyone with shoulder issues that can’t hold a straight barbell due to pain or injury. Squatting can beat the shoulders up pretty good, so it’s important to find ways to preserve your shoulders as long as possible, so that you are recovered enough for your following workouts.
Does the Cambered Squat Bar Improve my Deadlift?
The cambered squat bar is a great tool to help build your deadlift. This bar works great for good mornings, which is an excellent exercise that can greatly build the deadlift. Also, using this bar for box squats along with free squats typically help to build the deadlift too.
You can get better at deadlifting by just deadlifting, and many great lifters have, but you can get stronger with fewer chances of burning out by adding variety to your training with this bar. The longer you are able to train, the more of a chance you have at becoming one of the great ones… if that is your goal of course.
Where can I Buy a Cambered Squat Bar?
There are many places to buy one of these bars. I will tell you that not all of them are the same though. Typically, these bars will fit into most racks, squat stands, or mono lifts, but some are more specific to the mono lift than the rack or squat stand. Usually these bars range from 60-85 pounds and have no knurling.
Now, I can tell you about the cambered bar I have. I got my cambered bar from Titan Fitness and it fits perfect in my Rogue SML-1 squat stand.
- Weighs 85 pounds
- Length is 88″
- Width is 18″
- Bar Diameter is 1.5″
- Sleeve Diameter is 1.95″
This bar cost me less than 200 dollars with FREE shipping and I could not be happier with it. I have seen many others that cost hundreds more plus shipping charges. Even a fool can be smart sometimes!
I was going to do a review on this bar, but instead decided to just highlight the benefits of having access to this bar for training. I would highly recommend this bar, it’s well-built and can hold plenty of weight.
Variety is the Key to Longevity!
Not only can this bar improve your lifting, but it can add longevity to your lifting. This bar is awesome and I would highly recommend that you get one. For under 200 dollars you can’t go wrong.
The cambered squat bar is highly effective and versatile, it can be used as discussed above, but I have also seen others use it to bench press and shoulder press with. Probably for the same reason it’s so great for squatting, it forces you to maintain tightness and stabilize so that the bar stays in the optimal groove to lift.
If you are looking for a new bar to add into your training, this is a great choice. Also, for some information on other bars, check out these articles listed below.
Having several bars to train with will give your training some flavor and allow you to train maximally more often without adapting prematurely and possibly losing your hard-earned progress. This way of training is taught and used with most conjugate style training programs. If you are interested in learning more about the conjugate method, check out my article called, 16 Weeks of Conjugate Powerlifting Training. This goes into more detail about the basics of the conjugate system and how it could work for you.
Did you ever notice those who criticize the strong or the elite are usually weaker or less successful than those they pass judgment on. And those who are strong or elite in their respective sports rarely condemn those who are not as strong or as successful as they are. – Louie Simmons
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