How to Squat with a Manta Ray

Step-by-step Instructions

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Step 1

The Manta Ray is a weight training aid that helps lessen the pain the bar causes in your neck when doing squat exercises that involve an Olympic bar resting on the back of your neck.

Step 2

The Manta Ray is a squat pad that fits easily along the top center of your back, focusing all the weight in a concise location. It helps center and carry the weight.

Step 3

This focused weight distribution helps to relieve your shoulders of extra and unnecessary stress, and prevents against possible injuries.

Step 4

By allowing you to focus primarily on the movement, rather than the pain from the bar, the Manta Ray will also help increase the amount of muscle mass you can gain.

Step 5

The Manta Ray is made out of foam that is strong enough to handle the pressure of heavy weight.

Step 6

First, buy a Manta Ray from Amazon.com using the link below on this page. Take it with you to your gym on leg day.

Step 7

Select a barbell you want to use for squats. Apply the manta ray to the barbell by sliding/snapping one side of the manta ray in first, then slide/snap the other side in so the manta ray is flush and snug to the barbell.

Step 8

After the manta ray is tightly secured to the barbell, the manta ray needs to be in the middle of the barbell. Just slide the manta ray horizontally across the barbell until it appears to be in the middle.

Step 9

Walk up to the barbell and get your body underneath the barbell like you are about to squat. The manta ray should stay centered. Place your shoulders and traps underneath the manta ray, then after the bar feels even and comfortable, stand up and walk away from the rack with the barbell on your back. Perform squats for your desired reps and sets.

Special Attention

Difficulties people often experience or parts that need special attention to do it right.

Make sure the manta ray is tight on the bar and is centered.

Stuff You'll Need

Brand Product Price
Manta Ray $39.95

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I personally have never used a Manta Ray to squat, I prefer to let the bar rest on my traps and rear delts, But I've been working in a gym for three years and help people use piece of equipment on a weekly basis.

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