Trap Bars And Athletic Power

Even in slow motion, this young lady shows that she’s a boss on the Trap Bar Deadlift.

Great posture, solid power and an “all business” attitude!

That’s a great example of what it should look like.

Yes, we can discuss the relative value of hitting the floor vs. not hitting it.

Purists will argue that Trap Bar Deadlifts aren’t “real” deadlifts. If it isn’t a straight barbell, it’s not a deadlift.

They’ll complain about the relative mechanical advantage provided by the placement of the Trap Bar handles.

They’ll tell you that spreading the load across the athlete’s center of gravity instead of in front of it makes it easier.

Even if they’re right (and they might be,) that’s not the point. The Trap Bar is a tool. Unlike many tools, this one has a wide variety of uses when it comes to building athletic power.

The T-bar is a great tool for developing systemic strength in athletes. It’s a great tool for improving posture and laying a foundation of real, usable power.

It’s especially useful in a large group setting, since it’s easier to master and more intuitive than a straight BB Deadlift.

Pair the Trap Bar Deadlift with a plyometric activity and watch power levels rise dramatically. Pair it unilateral athletic movements like bounding and watch power, balance and athleticism explode.

Trap Bars also offer a far more functional alternative to the “Wall Sit.” (Ugh, don’t get me started.)

Instead of wasting your athletes time, posture and energy on a crappy wall sit, have them move into the halfway point of a Trap Bar Deadlift. Then, take the bar for a nice, slow walk. No static positions, better postural challenge and a serious strength and endurance challenge for the lower body.

Yeah, I get it. Trap Bar Deadlifts aren’t “real” deadlifts. They are, however, really useful in developing powerful, injury-resistant athletes.

If that’s not a “real” reason to use them, I don’t know what is.

Keep the faith and keep after it!

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