I have been dead lifting for quite some time. About 6 months ago I was doing normal dead lifts with a straight bar when a old asian man approached me. He told me he was a former power lifter and that with the straight bar I was seriously risking slipping a disc in my back. He instead showed me how to use the trap bar and I have using it ever since..
Is it fine to swap trap bar dead lifts for regular dead lifts? I am not planning on being in any type of competition.
I like the trap bar for the following reasons:
- Center of gravity
- No bloody shens/No blood from others shens
- Safer feeling
- Less stress on the lower back which I still work through squats/bench/military + assistance exercises.
- Easier to push with heels