In SS5 I started the bars DO, but I do like leg crushing to start a bar too. I just put the bar as high up on my thighs as possible and put me feet as close together as possible and then generate full body tension and crush the bar. Post a video of what you are doing and I may be able to help.
I can tell you their bars are on the money. Solid as a rock and I treat them like they should be. They are used hard and the rolling handles are as solid as anything I have ever seen. I have the rolling handles, the 3 inch bar and a beam bar, and I think nothing outside of an explosion will put a dent in them. I can’t speak for anything other than these items, but they are as good if not better than most anything else I’ve ever used as far as being solid and the rolling handles are the heaviest and spin like a Mo Fo....Made in China or not, they do the job and at a price point that anyone can afford. I’m the first one to say “buy American”.... but the price is just too good to say no. The beauty of capitalism.
Been doing lots of volume training with the rolling thunder. In one workout I lifted a total weight of 7,935lbs but I really enjoyed it. Had a blast, when I go to Kentucky to train in isolation I’ll be using my 3 inch Trilobite mostly