When it comes to glute exercises, the hip thrust has gained popularity since the 2000s and has proven an effective option. While some people like to put the bar directly on their pelvis, for most, it’s far more comfortable to pad the olympic bar, particularly as you go up in weight. The AutSport Barbell Hip Thrust Pad is an inexpensive and effective solution for more comfortable hip thrusts and also makes a good solution for weight across your shoulder girdle, such as when barbell squatting.
Build quality is excellent. The material is a strong nylon and there’s plenty of solid foam padding. The hook and loop (“velcro”) grip system creates a super tight hold around the olympic bar. Finally, if you use this behind your neck, the sponge pad works great. With that said, while I’d recommend this universally for hip thrusts, keep in mind that the extra thick padding may cause issues for some people placing a bar across their shoulder girdle, so this may not be the most ideal solution for squats (the Manta Ray offers a pad-free alternative that I like).
It’s a simple product done with commercial-level quality and at a great price. If you need something like this, the AutSport should be a first choice.