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    Trap or straight bar for dead lifts?

    So whats the difference between the two, and what one will give better results? or is it just a matter of preference. Ive seen people in the gym using the trap bar but i have never used it myself, ive always done my dead lifts with the straight bar.
    I did some reading up on it and mostly what ive found is the trap bar is easier on your back but i didnt really find much as to what way was better as far as building muscle.

    Anyone with an opinion on the matter?

    The reason i ask is im spending this weekend filling in the exercises ill be using for my PPL routine starting next week. I think i got most of it down, will probably need some adjusting here and there but for the most part i have it done at least for the first few weeks of it, then ill probably change things up a bit.
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    Iíve found the trap bar to be more quad dominate and the regular bar to be more glute and back focused.

    Iíve also found that some people with lower back problems who canít deadlift without pain can still deadlift if they use the trap bar.

    Give them a try. A lot of it will still depend on how you execute the movement.



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    x2 what dk8594 said. I love trap bar deads & IME they function more closely to a squat than a conventional deadlift. Good for volume on the quads and good to take strain off yer low back if ye have issues there. I've worked on some of the wider model trap bars and ye can get some glute & hamstring activation but the quads will still rule the day with this exercise.

    Rogue makes a good one if yer looking for the home game version.

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    A trap bar deadlift is a squat and a deadlift is a deadlift.

    Look at where the weight lies.
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    I'll use the trap bar for a different angle for bent over rows. try it
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    Quote Originally Posted by dk8594 View Post
    I’ve found the trap bar to be more quad dominate and the regular bar to be more glute and back focused.

    I’ve also found that some people with lower back problems who can’t deadlift without pain can still deadlift if they use the trap bar.

    Give them a try. A lot of it will still depend on how you execute the movement.
    Totally agree and did it when I was having issues but I personally like the straight bar
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    Quote Originally Posted by PillarofBalance View Post
    A trap bar deadlift is a squat and a deadlift is a deadlift.

    Look at where the weight lies.
    This. I love using the trap bar. With crushed discs in my back, sometimes the compression when squatting is too much and I'll have issues with my back for the next few days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenmd View Post
    This. I love using the trap bar. With crushed discs in my back, sometimes the compression when squatting is too much and I'll have issues with my back for the next few days.
    Try belt squats then you will love it. If you don't have a belt squat machine you can rig it up using a two boxes to stand on and hang the weight from a belt like you would for dips.
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    What dk said. Also more hams in the regular bar.
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    Thanks guys, and Jenn. Ill stick with straight bar for dead lifts but im intrigued about the idea of using the trap for a diff row, ill give that a try, thanks Seek!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elivo View Post
    Thanks guys, and Jenn. Ill stick with straight bar for dead lifts but im intrigued about the idea of using the trap for a diff row, ill give that a try, thanks Seek!
    There's no rule saying you can't do both if you like. I would just do straight bar first.

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