Thanks for the video Lydia. I was definitely holding it in the high position. I'll try again on Friday with it lower. I don't really wanna use the pad if I can get away with it. My goal is within 3-6 months to be out of the gym and working out at home and the less equipment I have to buy the better.
So far I don't have a need for gloves. As long as I take my rings off I am good to go. Of course, I have just started and I don't lift nearly as heavy as some of you ladies. I might change my mind later.
I still don't know why I am so damn intimidated by the bar. It's just a piece of metal, sigh.