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ThomasG
12-22-2010, 09:55 AM
Who does these? I did them for the first time a couple weeks ago then the next week I hit a solid pr on my sumo deadlift which is my comp stance. I feel a lot more "leg drive" with the trap bar deads, made me think there's something to them.

Thoughts?

joey54
12-22-2010, 10:47 AM
Puts you in a good position to get the most out of your total leg strength.

Off Road
12-22-2010, 10:54 AM
Ya, I definitely feel them more in my legs than I do with deads or squats.

isaku900
12-22-2010, 11:38 AM
my HS football coach put it this way: "They're a great way to pick up 500lbs without being particularly strong"

I'm fairly sure he was quoting someone else.

bojackson
12-22-2010, 11:48 AM
Well, Id have to agree with your Coach to some degree. I am also a football coach, but I do believe you have to have some level of strength to pick up 500lbs of anything. We do trap bar DL's as change up from straight bar DL's. We have great carry over with our players doing the trap bar DL. Its an easier technique for younger kids to grasp as well.

ThomasG
12-22-2010, 12:02 PM
Well, Id have to agree with your Coach to some degree. I am also a football coach, but I do believe you have to have some level of strength to pick up 500lbs of anything. We do trap bar DL's as change up from straight bar DL's. We have great carry over with our players doing the trap bar DL. Its an easier technique for younger kids to grasp as well.

x2. I have a lot of my clients trap bar deadlift before we move on to a straight bar. The form is a lot easier to learn.

Off Road
12-22-2010, 12:11 PM
They are also a much safer tool for doing high rep deadlifts.

Ermantroudt
12-22-2010, 01:35 PM
As a sumo DL'er I find it is a great training tool to prohibit me from anther day of sumo pulling

NickAus
12-22-2010, 02:15 PM
I like the bar for shrugs.

StLRPh
12-22-2010, 02:17 PM
I used them before I gave the bar to my dad and they did help me get a feel for getting my hips down more (I have a tendency to stiff-leg when the weights get heavy).

Brian Hopper
12-22-2010, 02:23 PM
We have one at the gym but I haven't used it yet. I am going to throw it in and see what it does for me.

ThomasG
12-22-2010, 03:48 PM
We have one at the gym but I haven't used it yet. I am going to throw it in and see what it does for me.

Nice! I already follow your journal so this should be interesting.

pricedtosell
12-22-2010, 10:24 PM
I'd think trap bar deadlifts would benefit one's sumo deadlift (and squat) more than it would help a conventional deadlift, since most of the lifting is done with your legs and not your back. I'd never switch to trap bar deads as my main training lift, though.

Tom Mutaffis
12-22-2010, 11:04 PM
I like Trap Bar Deadlifts but have not done them in a while as I do not have a trap bar; it is something that I am looking to purchase down the road.

joey54
12-23-2010, 04:56 AM
Trap Bar Deadlifts=The Leg Press of Deadlifting?

What about that as a generalization?

vdizenzo
12-23-2010, 05:40 AM
As a sumo DL'er I find it is a great training tool to prohibit me from anther day of sumo pulling

It always makes me happy to see you post.

vdizenzo
12-23-2010, 05:42 AM
I am a big fan of the trap bar dl. My bench is always strongest when I am squatting and deadlifting. Unfortunately with my back and bicep problems deadlifting with a regular bar can cause me a lot of pain. With the trap bar I get lots of strength with little side effects. On top of the leg work, I find it hits my upper back quite well also.

Clone
12-24-2010, 05:07 AM
Looks like I'll have to dust off my Trap bar.

All i do is trip over it lately. :)