The MONSTER GARAGE GYM/MAROSCHER COACHING LOG is a weekly Coaching Log by MGG owner, 2-Time WPC World Powerlifting Champion, Eric Maroscher, and is one of the Featured Coaching Logs at EliteFTS.

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Monster Garage Gym/Maroscher Coaching Log: (Log number LIX). “THREE MONOLIFTS LOCKED AND LOADED!!!!”

The purpose of this log is to show you training footage of one powerlifting team broken into three pods, utilizing three unique squat bars, two without accommodating resistance and one with chains for accommodating resistance, as well as RAW/RAW, RAW with wraps and geared powerlifters, some squatting off a box others not. In other words a smorgasbord (Mmmmm, smorgasbord…) of variations for you to view as you consider variables within your own personal squat programming.

The bars utilized on this training day include in essence a Mastodon squat bar, a Buffalo bar and a Pasanella bar.

The Mastodon bar and like bars are an uber-thick bar and weigh 60LBS. For the 1,000LB squatter, this is an essential bar, although in most cases it is really a luxury at most gyms. But for the big boys it is a dream come true. No whipping with this 60LB barbell as it is 1 3/8” thick and 8’ long so there is plenty of room for 10 plates per side. The Buffalo bar is an approximately 55LB bar and works to take the stress load off of your shoulders as the portion of the barbell you grip with your hands is lower thus less shoulder torque and less abuse the shoulder takes squatting as you already abuse it benching. Lastly the Pasanella bar and like bars. These are also longer bars, but at 55LBS it is thinner than the Mastodon and like bars so those under 275LBS with less of a shoulder width can still squat without whip but with the thinner bar, can still place the bar in the shoulder groove which is more difficult with the Mastodon bar unless you have 275LBer and above size shoulders. Like there is a tool for every job, there is also a bar for every powerlifter and powerlifting purpose.

At the risk of sounding like a commercial, if you are a powerlifter looking for a good squat bar or specialty bar, start with Dave and the folks at EliteFTS as you truly get what you paid for. As a gift, one of our team members bought the MGG a Buffalo bar, (I won’t name the company) and I really appreciated the gesture. Unfortunately the bar only lasted two squat sessions. Once we the weight got around 880LBS it was over.


MGG’s off brand Buffalo bar, happily destroyed in just two squat sessions by the Monsters at Monster Garage Gym. Lesson, don’t settle for less than the best as it is like throwing your money in the garbage can. Photo: WPC World Powerlifting Champion, Steve Brock and our bent to hell Buffalo bar we got as a gift. Photo courtesy of MGG.

My personal rule of thumb when getting any equipment, (in addition to our brand new equipment, I have some equipment literally from the 1980’s at the MGG and it is in great shape, why, because it was made well and will last forever) is if you have saved up enough money to get a squat bar or some specialty bar, then keep saving and get one that will out-last your lifters. I know that the window for a powerlifters best years is a small one and I want my lifters to have the best equipment during their time in that window as I did, so we save and save and get only the best…end of rant. Bottom line, and back to the point of this coaching log, there is this one movement, the squat, yet there are a variety of ways to train it, several are included in this coaching log’s video for you to peruse. Plain old squat bar, walk it out and hit the reps is bread and butter, and there is nothing wrong with that, especially if you are newer to the game and are still building your foundation. Having said that, variety can also work to get you strong, keep you strong and keep you from getting stale. Food for thought especially for the powerlifters who already have a base established.

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