This padding is so cheap and simple everyone with home work out equipment should have it.
When doing heavy squats or high endurance jumping squats padding on your barbell can save your back and neck from feeling crushed by the weight. The padding is much more comfortable and feels more secure, because it forms to your neck, giving you confidence to lift more or last longer.
Step 1: What You Will Need
All you need is about 2 feet of foam pipe insulation.
you should be able to get this at a hardware store or plumbing store. I got mine free because I work construction and its lying around everywhere on newly plumbed houses.
I even found it on eBay for 2 bucks.
Step 2: Put the Foam Onto Your Barbell
It's that easy. Put your foam pipe insulation onto your barbell. It already has the slit to do this since this is pretty close to what it was designed for. Place it where the weight will sit on your back. Take it off for other lifting.
Step 3: Start Squatting
Here's a work out for you
20x50lbs jumping squats into 10 lunges each leg with out taking the weight off of your shoulders. Rest for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times.
Squat right down until your legs are bent 90 degrees. Keep your back strait.
Have fun and keep fit.