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Started By chopper (G.C., Queensland, Australia)

Started on: 3/16/2006 11:17:56 AM, viewed 622 times

Are these 2 movements the same when using a trapbar.

What I mean is if I use a trap bar to either squat or deadlift am I sorta of preforming a combination of both squat and deadlift in one movement as I can′t see any difference in the hand postion or body postion for both these exercises when using a trap bar!!!

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sacredsystem (NY, NY, USA) on 3/16/2006 6:22:05 PM


The trap bar deadlift has been called by many a squat-lift. Using a trap bar reduces the amount of strain on your lower back while giving your legs/upper body a solid workout. For many like myself, the trap bar deadlift has been a very important tool, especially when doing abbreviated routines. For many people who can′t squat well have found the trap bar deadlift/squatlift to be safer and more productive. I think Mike Mentzer would have eventually incorporated the trap bar into his training philosophy. So yes, you are combining the best of both worlds when you use a trap bar. I even use a trap bar for my shoulder presses and shrugs.

chopper (G.C., Queensland, Australia) on 3/17/2006 3:22:28 AM

Thanks Brother

I was thinking of just using the Trapbar and nothing else in the future to replace squats and deadlifts with a straight bar – but mostly to replace the straight bar deadlift.

So the way I see it and the way you discribe it we should be fine for the rest of our training "HIT – STYLE" just using the trap bar to build our muscles in replacement of the straight bar squat / deadlift!

What I mean to say is – if I DO just trap bar squats for the rest of my life I should not be setting up any imbalance as the movement as you say incorporates the best of both worlds i.e. squats and deadlifts!!

Thanks again


DeadTrap (Somewhere, *, U.S.A.) on 3/17/2006 8:05:16 PM

This (trap bar deads)is the safest most effective exersice you can do.

I have females from 14 to 59 years old doing dead lifts with a Trap bar to near failure and the results are great and no one gets hurt.


chopper (G.C., Queensland, Australia) on 3/17/2006 9:18:32 PM

Deadtrap –

Safety brother that was the other reason why I wanted to switch to the trap bar for good after reading why Al Gerard invented this great piece of training equipment in the first place.

How ever you will never be able to do a full squat using the trapbar do you think that really matters in the long run????

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