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    Hi,
    My gym doesn't have any padding for the squat bar and it always pushes hard against the severe acne on my back. Anyone got any variations i can try?
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    Front squats, goblet squats, safety bar squats equipment permitting, low/high bar depending on how much space the acne occupies


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    Better off buying one , you can get a good york padding for 10 quid or so.
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    Just wrap a fleece round it?
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    (Original post by TheKian)
    Hi,
    My gym doesn't have any padding for the squat bar and it always pushes hard against the severe acne on my back. Anyone got any variations i can try?
    If your acne is that bad I would seek to treat it, because there aren't any squat variations that are as good as the real thing (i.e. the back squat).

    I've actually heard a lot of good things about the snatch grip deadlift; if you can't squat, I think it would certainly be a good addition to your training. Front squats too.
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    (Original post by Smack)
    If your acne is that bad I would seek to treat it, because there aren't any squat variations that are as good as the real thing (i.e. the back squat).

    I've actually heard a lot of good things about the snatch grip deadlift; if you can't squat, I think it would certainly be a good addition to your training. Front squats too.
    I'm currently on the strongest antibiotics available.
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    Have you tried accutane yet?

    Front squats and RDLs are a reasonable substitute for back squats (ie both; not one or the other), nothing beats the real thing tho

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    All recommendations by the others are all good alternatives - I am a pretty big fan of kettle bells so I would just like to highlight them as an alternative whilst your acne eases off. Front squats, double front squats, goblet squats, swings (double and single arm) and Bulgarian split squats are all good options that work some of the same muscles a barbell back squat would.

    Please note that I am not saying that these exercises are identical in their purpose to the back squat. Not at all - they are both integral parts of strength training and conditioning but the barbell back squat is arguably better for training maximal strength whereas kettle bell exercises may focus more on power output. Nonetheless, do not underestimate how awesome they are for a full body workout, as especially at hitting those abs!
 
 
 
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