Lighter SSB and/or Draper Top Squat

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Lighter SSB and/or Draper Top Squat

Post by Koko, Beware » Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:01 pm

Anyone know of a manufacturer who makes SSBs in the 45-55ish lb range? We've got an 82 but that's a little heavy for some of our older/weaker beginners with bum shoulders.

Alternately, anyone use Draper's Top Squat? Worth it? Good results?
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Re: Lighter SSB and/or Draper Top Squat

Post by syaigh » Thu Oct 13, 2016 10:06 pm

I have the top squat. Its okay, but for smaller women with not so strong backs, its hard to use. And, I don't know wtf the rubbber is made out of but if it gets in the sun and gets warm, its smells like a combination of dog shit and a dead body.

Tell you what though, they had one of these at the YMCA where I used to work out and it made squatting with a regular bar much easier.

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Re: Lighter SSB and/or Draper Top Squat

Post by Boris » Thu Oct 13, 2016 11:34 pm

I like the Top Squat. A lot. But, like a SSB, there is a learning curve.

I agree w. syaigh though - a manta-ray makes it comfortable for many, adds negligible weight, and if you wraps to hold onto the bar it's going to work even for those with really bad shoulders. I think I made a video of this set-up once upon a time...

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Re: Lighter SSB and/or Draper Top Squat

Post by tonkadtx » Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:24 am

Lightest I've ever seen is one from NYBB at 65 lbs.

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Re: Lighter SSB and/or Draper Top Squat

Post by Koko, Beware » Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:46 am

I did find a 48 lb but it's a Canadian company that doesn't ship to the States. Bummer. Looked cheap and chincy...perfect.
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Post by TerryB » Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:48 am

Elite's is 65, I think.
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Re: Lighter SSB and/or Draper Top Squat

Post by Blaidd Drwg » Fri Oct 14, 2016 2:38 am

I like the top squat ......sort of....It's a little wonky but probably a good investment for your people. It does tend to force a high bar position.
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Re: Lighter SSB and/or Draper Top Squat

Post by JasonC » Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:19 am

I have a Top Squat and I didn't like using it. Orthopedically I'm glad I had it, but placing the bar so high up your back and a couple of inches behind your body makes it feel very odd.

Shit, actually, if you want mine, PM me. I'll sell it to you for a song.
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Re: Lighter SSB and/or Draper Top Squat

Post by Koko, Beware » Fri Oct 14, 2016 12:51 pm

Thanks for all the suggestions guys!

Found that last night, Boris--thanks! It's a good setup. We really just need a bridge for some folks to get to our regular SSB--that could def do it.
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