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ahotzo

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Benefits of Trap-Bar Deadlift
« on: June 19, 2013, 07:48:48 pm »
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I have some amazon credit from selling back books and want to buy something for my home gym.  I can get a good trap-bar and am strongly considering it.  I have read before that the trap bar is good for people who have lower back issues.  I don't have lower back issues, but I also don't care about competing in the lifts, so if it is a safer alternative I would be all for it.  Anyway, just wondering what you guys think about it and its uses.

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Re: Benefits of Trap-Bar Deadlift
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2013, 11:24:57 pm »
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how much price? if i had trap-bar money to blow i think i'd get a vertec.
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Re: Benefits of Trap-Bar Deadlift
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2013, 12:19:12 am »
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It costs $120, but I have like $80 credit...so its only $40 out of pocket.

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Re: Benefits of Trap-Bar Deadlift
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2013, 12:59:18 am »
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meh, trap bar is low on the priority list for me. i'd first go for some good bands (e.g. serious steel, not therabands) or a quality 16 lb. medicine ball.
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Re: Benefits of Trap-Bar Deadlift
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2013, 12:22:16 pm »
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Thanks for the suggestion man, but I already have bands.  I have rubberbanditz which are basically the same as you said.  I have "Medium" [20 - 35 lbs. (9 - 16 kg) Resistance], "Heavy" [30 - 50 lbs. (14 - 23 kg) Resistance], Robust [40 - 80 lbs. (18 - 36 kg) "Resistance"].  I have considered getting the heavier ones but can't think right now in my training what I would use them for (the next levels are 50-120 lbs, 70-180 lbs, 80-200 lbs...ranging from $26-$50). 

Also, I'm building a reverse hyper this week, so I'm going to need some cash for that.  I have most of the material in scrap but I need to buy the pips (unless my uncle who is a plumber has enough scrap). 
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Re: Benefits of Trap-Bar Deadlift
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2013, 04:33:11 am »
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I have some amazon credit from selling back books and want to buy something for my home gym.  I can get a good trap-bar and am strongly considering it.  I have read before that the trap bar is good for people who have lower back issues.  I don't have lower back issues, but I also don't care about competing in the lifts, so if it is a safer alternative I would be all for it.  Anyway, just wondering what you guys think about it and its uses.

The trap bar is a good piece of equipment, its definitely enables a more "leg" driven deadlift when done with the hips starting low.  The nice thing about it is that you can start with high hips like an rdl or sldl, or get down low, even put plates under your feet and make it into a squat type movement with the load in your hands.

  I throw in trap bar work with athletes every now and then to give them a break from squatting for the week, and we also use it for jumps.  One little trick if you decide to get one and do explosives with it is to make sure and start with the bar at the TOP, and include the dip.  Having to stop and reverse the load quickly is key to getting more transfer to on court/field performance.

  Ive never used it as a "main" lift for long enough to say whether or not it could replace squatting, front squats and back squats always take priority here for us but defranco and others have and swear by it.  I think that if youre not doing much pulling, either power clean, power snatch, rdl, etc, then using the trap bar can fill that gap very nicely for athletes.
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Re: Benefits of Trap-Bar Deadlift
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2013, 03:44:02 pm »
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i did the concentric only squat using that trap-bar at one point. not doing it again. felt like i gained inches in my wingspan. wrist, elbows and traps were shot. legs did not even warm up.  :uhhhfacepalm:

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Re: Benefits of Trap-Bar Deadlift
« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2013, 05:22:38 pm »
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@ Lance: Thanks for the advice.  I'm still thinking about buying it; but, I can definitely see what your saying.  Maybe I will get it and use it as a deadlift replacement instead of a squat replacement.  Also, I like the idea of using it for jumps.  Wish there was more accounts of being using it as a main lift, curious to see how it could work there.  Maybe I'll start one lol. 

@ Kingfish: I see....seems like from your experience trap bar is a better upperbody tool than lowerbody lol....can't see how longer wingspan and bigger traps would hurt anything.   But I see what your saying, you don't think it load the legs enough becuase you need to use your arms.
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