Forums General Is the barbell the best form of smashing? Re: Is the barbell the best form of smashing?

AvatarKatie Hemphill

The best tool for smashing is the one that lets you get the job done. For that reason, it’s good to have a variety of tools with different stiffnesses. For areas that are particularly sensitive, hard and acute tools like a barbell might not be the best option because they won’t let you relax properly and actually get any work done. On the other hand, areas where you have big strong muscles that are crazy stiff may not benefit a bit from softer tools. They just don’t make a dent. 

Personally, I love the barbell for quad and adductor work just because its so easy to put in tons of quality work without a whole lot of physical effort. It’s much easier to just sit down and pressure wave a bar down your thigh than it is to spend the same amount of time basically holding a forearm plank to foam roll your quads. I’m much more likely to get more work done the slightly lazier way.