Front Squats + Sting Ray

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  1. Jay

    Jay My shit don't stink

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    I've incorporated front squats into my leg routine. I started with crossed arms but it was either choking me or the bar would roll both making it really uncomfortable.
    I then tried clean grip and though my flexibility is still developing, I can't imagine front squatting heavier weight for more than 3 reps without worrying if my wrists are gonna break.

    I've searched for help and ultimately a solution because I like the excercise and I found something called the sting ray which I'm sure most of you guys know of or at least seen. it's basically a black or blue plastic that put on the bar and fit over your shoulders. The weight then is on your delts and you cross your arms to keep the bar in place. (that's my understanding of how it works, anyway.)

    I haven't used one of these, so I was wondering for those that have used this, was it worth buying or should I just man up and take the wrist pain for front squats?
     
  2. MaineSucks

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    *manta ray
     
  3. Jay

    Jay My shit don't stink

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    looks pretty gay. just keep doing them and youll find your 'sweet spot' with bar placement
     
  5. MaineSucks

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    wow what I fucking blatent ripoff of the manta ray
     
  6. Jay

    Jay My shit don't stink

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    I think those are for back squats
     
  7. TZ

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    wrist wraps help if you do the clean grip
     
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    I just started doing front squats and I found my sweet spot the first day.

    Although back squatting 415 and then only front squatting 215 kinda made me :wtc: but wednesday I'm going to try and get it to 315.
     
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    you dont need that thing. just keep working on your placement
     
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    i can't do the clean grip either. i had a tennis wrist injury back in high school, and i can't bend it as far as the other wrist. so i pretty much have to use the cross-armed method. it works well enough.
     
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    yea front squats kill my front delts
     
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    i really gotta train my front squats...i tried them once and they hurt my wrists like hell, i'll try the cross arms way but the clean grip just seems better
     
  13. kit99bar

    kit99bar USPA Class 2, weak, old man!

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    If the bar keeps rolling down then you might not be keeping your body straight enough.
     
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    if the bar is rolling its mostly a matter of keeping your elbows up at level with your shoulders. also you dont have to hold the bar with your full hand i usually just put my index and middle finger under the bar right close to the shoulder. if this shit hurts youre doing it wrong
     
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    Jay My shit don't stink

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    from what I was told, there will be discomfort in the wrist and/or clavicle area at 1st until you get used to it since it's akward at 1st (sort of like dead lifts, hurts at 1st but once the calluses devlelop, no more pain)

    I'm gonna stick with the clean grip since I intend to add the clean and press.
    thanks for everyone's input, and I'll try a few things mentioned until I find that sweet spot or until I get comfortable.
     
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    whenever i start struggling the bar always rolls down for me and I end up forcing it back mid-rep :rofl: Prolly has something to do with my weak/pathetic core. :wtc:
     
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    like i said most people's elbows will start to sink at the bottom of the lift and thats when the bar will roll forward. keep the body upright and the elbows high and there won't be any problems
     
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    The Manta Ray is for back squats, the Sting Ray is for front squats. They're made by the same company.
     
  19. MaineSucks

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    well then, color me tarded

    I was like, man.... they couldnt change the color and at least name it a different species?
     
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    I was gonna post that....
     
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    sting rays and manta rays are a different species (different genus). Probably different family too.
     
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    erok81 All your canyons are belong to me!!

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    Whoa, I can front squat 225 but can only back squat 245. I always thought the difference was supposed to be pretty big - like yours.

    And to the original poster, don't bother with that gay ass pad, just get used to them. It took me a couple days of doing them before I could do them without pain. I posted the exact same thread about how they hurt, but now I love doing them and don't have any pain at all.

    I do the with my arms crossed and like someone else said, if the bar is rolling forward you probably aren't standing straight. I find you have to be a lot more upright doing front squats as opposed to back ones.
     
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    continue front squatting with clean grip. trust me, the pain goes away and your wrist flexibility will improve.

    if need be, do all warmup sets with clean grip until you get used to it
     
  24. LancerV

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    There shoudlnt be a 200lb difference in your front squat and back squat unless your going some really crazy ass wide stance
     
  25. rebs

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    i ordered a front squat harness from getstrength.com in november...STILL not here....
     
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