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Best Barbell Pads

Updated December 2018
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    Barbell pads make it more comfortable to lift weights when performing squats. The barbell pad slides onto the barbell until it’s centered on the bar. You’ll then rest the padded area of the barbell bar across the back of the neck as you’re performing squats. This reduces the amount of pain in your shoulders, upper back, and neck while exercising. Barbell pads work well for performing other types of weightlifting exercises too, like lunges. You certainly want a thick cushioned material in the barbell pad. However, you don’t want it to be so soft that the barbell crushes the material. Barbell pads that are too soft don’t really provide the support you need. Pay attention to whether the barbell pad will fit Olympic or standard sized bars, which have different diameters.

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