The Gymist barbell pad is a cushioned weight lifting accessory that is wrapped around a barbell to increase comfort and reduce pressure on the neck, shoulders, and hips during weightlifting exercises. If you aren’t familiar with them, read on for the benefits of using a barbell pad, when to use one, and how to use it properly.
While a barbell pad can be used for a variety of weightlifting exercises, it is most commonly used for exercises that involve resting the barbell on the back of the neck or shoulders, such as squats and lunges. The pad can also be used for exercises that involve holding the barbell against the hips, such as hip thrusts.
However, there are some weightlifting exercises where a barbell pad may not be necessary or even advisable. For example, exercises such as deadlifts and rows involve holding the barbell with a grip, rather than resting it on the body. Using a barbell pad for these exercises can reduce grip strength and interfere with proper form and technique.