4 Chicago Area SuperstoresStores:


Manta Ray Squat Support Pad

MR136 - Developed to improve or eliminate problems with the squat exercise including pressure on neck and shoulders, and keeping bar from rolling off your back

View All Advanced Fitness
Retail Price $85
Fitness Factory Price $5995
MSRP $85 85
31 Day Price Protection and Satisfaction Guarantee! (Click to Read)
  • Overview
  • Images
  • Similar
  • Reviews

Manta Ray Squat Support Pad by Advanced Fitness


The Manta Ray® was developed to improve or eliminate problems we had with the squat exercise.  We started by listing the things we thought were the negative aspects (bullet points below).  Then worked for several years to address those issues with a small, simple device that didn't take away any of the beneficial aspects.


The Manta Ray® just might help your squatting:

  • Your arms no longer have to support so much of the load to keep the bar from rolling off your back!
  • Finding the center of the bar on each set is no longer a problem. Once you center and snap the Manta Ray to the bar you know your right in the middle, every set!
  • Repairing trauma from that shearing force crushing muscle and nerves against bone is no longer wasting part of your bodies limited ability to recuperate from a workout!
  • The bar no longer rests on the deltoids, or pulls the arms back.  This eliminates much of the common squat related stress to the shoulder complex (which houses the injury prone Rotator Cuff Assembly)!
  • The MANTA RAY takes away that shearing pain in your neck so you can focus on the movement and watch your gains skyrocket!
  • 12" L x 3" W x 8" H


Image Gallery

Similar Products

Body Solid Tools 16 Inch Barbell Pad

(MA105) High density foam, wrapped in an easy to clean nylon cover, provides the ultimate comfort on your heaviest lifts.
Retail Price: $19.00
Fitness Factory Price: $14.95

Body-Solid Tools Premium Bar Pad

(BSTBPAD) Reduce the risk of injury and avoid unwanted pressure with this ergonomic, contoured bar pad
Retail Price: $18.00
Fitness Factory Price: $12.95

The Shoulder Horn

(SH22) Strengthen Your Shoulder to Arm Rotators
Starting at $99.95  

Awesome! - bookscdsdvdsandcoolstuff
Rate: 5 out of 5
Several months ago I began weight lifting. I had tried eating low fat, eating less, etc. etc. and I was getting nowhere. I was up to 280lbs, was tired all the time, and most scary of all was starting to lose effectiveness at work and at home. I didn't like where I was headed.

Two books helped change that direction. I read The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite and learned why eating right is such an uphill battle. Gaining the knowledge in that book really helped give me the motivation to eat right, as opposed to following fad diets.

Then I read The New Rules of Lifting: Six Basic Moves for Maximum Muscle and I thought, YES! Natural movements based on movements we do in nature are very important to avoid injury, and building muscle mass is the only way to improve metabolism, because muscle is so metabolically expensive.

One of the major exercises recommended in the "New Rules" is the squat. The squat works BIG muscles, and therefore the metabolic gains you get from building muscle through the squat reap huge benefits. I didn't have a squat rack, so when I began I was doing one dead lift and then lifting the bar over my head to begin the squat. This was fine for the first month or two as I was doing very low weight; I had to start with doing the bar only. However, as my weights have increased through various workouts (the squat or some variation is omnipresent in the "New Rules" no matter what new routine you are on)I began to have problems. Not in my legs or back mind you, but my wrists.

I knew I was hurting myself picking the bar up over my head, so I bought a squat rack here at Amazon. Problem solved... for a month or two...

Then I began to get more pain. Not in my legs or back (I am VERY careful about form and not overdoing it) but my neck and shoulders. It just hurt like heck to do the squats because of the bar on my neck and I really wasn't looking forward to them.

Then I happened upon this little device. I was contemplating buying the very expensive safer squat bar, but this looked so much more reasonably priced and from the reviews I read seemed effective. I had to give it a try.

It has only been a couple of days working out with this device but I can tell it is very well made, and my neck and shoulder pain is entirely gone. I am actually comfortable doing squats! I never had pain in the legs or back, but wrist pain and neck and shoulder pain from the bar were really starting to discourage me. This is an awesome and affordable little product and it WORKS. It even changes your form a tiny bit in that it makes it easier to do the squat correctly.

Since reading those two books, and putting the ideas into practice I have lost close to 30lbs. I have been lifting the whole time with rest periods built in between phases and have some hard places where I used to have soft and flabby places. That means I have built muscle mass, and that I have put on muscle weight, which means I have lost more than 30lbs of fat off my frame.

My pants don't fit and they are falling off my waist. I have had to buy smaller belts. I am putting off buying new cloths for the time being because I know I am not done.

It has been about 5 months since I started lifting, and the results have been INCREDIBLE. A big reason for my success thus far has been the squat, and this little attachment for your bar makes the squat MUCH more fun to do, and that is a great benefit. Other things helped as well. If your goal is to get in shape, it helps a lot to get right with God first. There is a book I want to read on the subject that looks interesting: Fit for Eternal Life. I definitely see a connection between getting our souls in order, and getting our bodies in order.

Best yet, it is made in the USA (thank God some things still are!)

I strongly recommend this product. Squats are a very important part of any lifting regimen. If my experience is any indication you will experience weight loss, an increase in energy, a much easier time going up stairs, and your wife (or husband) will be thrilled with the results. Get a good bar, a decent squat rack (here is mine: Squat Rack and this little device and watch your body change!

I'm doing something I love again - M. Pettit "MP"
Rate: 5 out of 5
I love this product. I always squated in cage with no smith machine with a bar pad and got up to 635lbs, then the injuries started. After borrowing another weight lifter's Manta Ray I felt no upper back and neck pressure. The downside is that the Manta Ray messes up my center of gravity from where I've always had it using free weights in the squat cage. The upside is that it works beautifully in a smith machine for squating because the center of gravity control is not a factor. I've recovered quite good from the injuries now. I feel great after 3 weeks slowly adding the weight back to where I used to be before the injuries and so far I have not felt the pain, which was my biggest concern. I'm doing something I love again. If this is your story also, then the Manta Ray is a must have.

Best thing since sliced bread! - Eduardo Nietzsche
Rate: 5 out of 5
I originally bought this intending to give to a female friend of mine, since she has a hard time doing squats due to her trapezius and neck being a lot bonier than mine (she's a super-lean marathon runner trying to put on some muscle), but I think I'll keep it for myself, heh!

All the rave reviews are spot-on: this thing ain't cheap, but it works beautifully! It lets me focus on my glutes and legs, with a little help from my lower back of course, pushing the weight up...without having to worry about keeping the bar properly balanced and not leaning or rolling too far forward or too far backwards throughout the squatting motion. Squatting now feels like a completely different exercise, much safer for my lower back and knees. Like one other reviewer, I can see myself making significant increases in the amount of weight used.

I totally agree that it's far better than using a foam bar pad, which I had always used before, and that having a towel underneath it is a good idea. I may keep the foam pad for good-morning exercises, haven't had a chance to try those with the Manta-Ray yet.

Now, I'll grant that nearly fifty bucks is a lot of money for a device that's used for only two exercises, squats and lunges. Perhaps someday Walmart will sell this device, or a Chinese knock-off of this device, for one half or one third of the current price. But considering that it will probably last forever (very sturdy material) and that those are two of the three most important lower-body weight exercises(deadlifts are the third, 80% of leg machines are completely useless), and the fact that the squat is considered by many to be THE most important weightlifting exercise of all---it's money very well spent.

Write a Review »


Weight: 2 lbs

Shipping Terms

FedEx Home Delivery

Orders under 150 pounds usually ship by FedEx Home Delivery from the Chicagoland area.  Small parcel shipments usually require up to 3-4 days handling time.

If you have an item(s) that qualifies for 'Free Shipping', you may still see a shipping charge if you have additional items that do not qualify for free shipping.

If your combined order weight is over 150 lbs., it may ship by Freight LTL.

Signature Delivery: Certain items or delivery locations may require signature upon delivery. You can always add this service if necessary by contacting us before delivery. Signature is always the safest way to ensure delivery.

Damage: If the merchandise or packaging appears to be damaged upon delivery, contact us as soon as possible. Please have the order number and digital photographs of the damage ready to send.

Returns: Please contact customer service to obtain a Return Authorization Number within 31 Days of receipt.

Cancellation24HRS Must cancel order with in 24hrs of Placing order. Orders cancelled after they have been processed and shipped will incur all shipping cost from and returning to the manufacturers warehouse.

Islands: Shipping to islands within the continental United States may require an additional charge; Click for Partial List of Islands with Charges

Sorry, we cannot ship FedEx to APO, FPO, or PO Boxes. Call us for alternate shipping