October 25, 2005

4 responses to Week 44: Behold the Manta Ray!

  1. Scott Says:

    Looks nice. I was just considering the differences between a front squat and a narrow-stance/high bar back squat for hitting the quads. Never tried using a Manta Ray - is there an obvious benefit with this + front squat over a bodybuilder-style squat?

  2. Kris Says:

    A front squat will generally hit the quads harder as you cannot lean much forward if you insist on holding unto the bar… The Manta Ray (for back squats) and Sting Ray (for front squats) don’t change the exercises notably, but they do make them very comfortable by spreading the load on a much larger area while enforcing a very high-bar bar placement conducive to hitting the legs harder. Without the Manta, I probably wouldn’t/couldn’t go quite that high… Get them if you can, they’re not very expensive.

  3. Alberto Caraballo Says:

    That’s some decent work on the GHR and reverse hyper. Are you still doing work on both, and has the reverse hyper been kinder to your back?

  4. Kris Says:

    Alberto, it turned out the reverse hyper actually aggravated my particular condition. I’ll get to that in a few entries or so…

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