Hey guys, my 13 year old son and I have been using low rack pulls to train the posterior chain. Lately, I've been seeing alot of strength coaches advocate the trap bar for deadlifts. In your opinion, do you really think they're worth the money?
Last edited by Texas Ranger; 07-05-2012 at 11:50 PM.
Personally, I don't think so. It's one of those things where if you have the extra $$, sure, pick on up - no one every said, "I have too much weight lifting equipment choices in my gym." But if you don't have the extra money, or the money is best spent elsewhere (like a college savings account for your son or other equipment), a regular ol' bar is the way to go. The exception to this is if you, or your son, are experiencing pain/discomfort that a trap bar will reduce/eliminate. But this is just my opinion.
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Trap Bars are fantastic. A lot of strength coaches recommend them because they take very little instruction to get a bunch of guys lifting heavy weights. They are espcially useful for younger lifters just starting out before they get their form dieled in on squats and deads. They are also useful for older lifters that might have issues with squats and deads because of flexibility or injury. Or they are just a nice change now and then when you might want to give your low-back a little break.
I purchased a Trap Bar for my home gym (found one for $125 shipped on Amazon), although it was not something that I purchased until I had already acquired a number of other items. If you are going to deadlift regularly I believe that it would be a worthwhile investment since it engages the legs a bit more and takes some of the strain off of the low back.
Another option would be a set of farmers handles - which could be used for deadlift as well as carries (and cost about the same).
I am training my 14 year old nephew and we alternate between high rack pulls and trap bar deadlifts. I really like having the trap bar as an option, especially for teens.
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I read somewhere that the raised handles actually help to target the quads more, but I don't know about the legitimacy of that claim. It would certainly limit the ROM and make the lift easier. At least you have the option to lift it both ways by turning it upsidedown.
As you mentioned you can simply turn the bar over to use the low handles, so having both options is nice.
Has anyone tried doing deficit trapbar deadlifts? Do you feel them more in your hamstrings and glutes than doing them off the floor?
I plan on getting one some day...