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    (Yes, I tried to find answers myself, before asking here. These terms are not in the template PDF; searching BBM forums gives "too many results" or none; searching online leads to non-BBM sites ie. potential of being misled.)

    1. Belt squat - does that term just mean our everyday squat? (always belted of course) or something special?

    2. SSB Squat - does that term mean the lame-looking "Safety Bar" over neck & shoulders?

    3. HBBS - does that term mean the High Bar Back Squat favored by some crossfitters?

  • #2
    Originally posted by jcarty123 View Post
    1. Belt squat - does that term just mean our everyday squat? (always belted of course) or something special?
    No, this refers to something like a belt squat machine. For folks who don't have access to one, loading a dip belt and standing on elevated surfaces can achieve the same effect.

    Originally posted by jcarty123 View Post
    SSB Squat - does that term mean the lame-looking "Safety Bar" over neck & shoulders?
    This refers to the Safety Bar, yes.

    Originally posted by jcarty123 View Post
    HBBS - does that term mean the High Bar Back Squat favored by some crossfitters?
    This refers to the high bar squat, yes.
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    • #3
      Most home gyms, mine included, will not have a belt squat machine available, so you can use a dip belt as Austin mentions. I have used the jerry-rigged belt squat as shown in the Andy Baker instagram post below. To use just plates and the dip belt, I needed to stand with significant elevation, which felt unstable to me. I don't want to explain to the ED doc that I broke my ankle or hit my head while standing on a bench and a folding chair with a belt and a bunch of plates hanging down between my legs.

      https://www.instagram.com/p/CH74D9-ABcA/

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      • Nick Tsaftaridis
        Nick Tsaftaridis commented
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        Thanks for sharing that! Very useful.

    • #4
      Originally posted by jcarty123 View Post
      2. SSB Squat - does that term mean the lame-looking "Safety Bar" over neck & shoulders?
      If you haven't ever used one of these, you may be surprised. A lot of people go into it thinking that it'll be "easier" because of the name of the bar, and are surprised to find that it can present a uniquely challenging experience.

      To me, the SSB Squat is WAY more difficult than a standard low-bar squat. I've come to really love it as a variation.

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      • jcarty123
        jcarty123 commented
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        My present gym doesn't have the safety bar, but if my old gym ever reopens, it has one. Does the SSB squat become, perhaps, a partial front squat as the safety bar shifts part of the load?

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      All - thanks!

      Austin - I notice that, on another day, the template says "Deadlift with Belt". Just to confirm, that would be our ordinary deadlift? (Not a different thing, like the Belt Squat is different)

      jfsully - That's interesting. But I notice Andy Baker stablilizes himself with his arms. I would find the temptation overwhelming to use some upper strength (defeating the load).

      I also notice that the back isn't loaded, making the movement roughly similar to a leg press. My present gym has one of those, at least.

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      • #6
        Originally posted by jcarty123 View Post
        My present gym doesn't have the safety bar, but if my old gym ever reopens, it has one. Does the SSB squat become, perhaps, a partial front squat as the safety bar shifts part of the load?
        What do you mean by partial front squat?

        Check out this article for a discussion of what's going on during different types of squats:

        https://www.barbellmedicine.com/blog...-squat-matter/

        Originally posted by jcarty123 View Post

        Austin - I notice that, on another day, the template says "Deadlift with Belt". Just to confirm, that would be our ordinary deadlift? (Not a different thing, like the Belt Squat is different)
        Yep, it's just a deadlift with a belt. In contrast, the belt squat is a separate and different exercise than "Squat w/ belt."

        Originally posted by jcarty123 View Post
        jfsully - That's interesting. But I notice Andy Baker stablilizes himself with his arms. I would find the temptation overwhelming to use some upper strength (defeating the load).
        What do you mean by "defeating the load"? The muscles of the upper body are definitely involved in squats.


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