The trap bar is a terrific aid for the deadlift and is considered by many much superior to a straight bar. It reduces spine stress relative to the straight bar deadlift, and puts the arms and hands into a near-perfect position. It also makes the lowering of the bar a reverse of the ascent. With a straight bar, lowering the weight can be a problem. This is because the knees get in the way more on the descent than they do on the ascent. The extent of this depends on the individual structure. This rhombus-like bar lets users get the best from the deadlift while keeping technique problems to a minimum. It is an outstanding bar. All who use it will benefit.
If you are a competitive powerlifter and thus must use a straight bar at meets and in most of your training, a trap bar can still be a valuable "off" season training tool. It greatly reduces unnecessary stress but while developing strength that may have carry-over value to the straight bar deadlift (or even squat).
Posted by Kandice on 23rd Nov 2013
It can easily handle all the weight I'll ever put on it. It keeps me in proper form. It uses Olympic weights. It will last me my lifetime no problem :)
Posted by Unknown on 23rd Jul 2013
Excellent! Helps keep you in proper form. Don't forget to buy the olympic plates to go with it.