Is the trap bar deadlift essentially a mix between squats and regular deadlifts? The trap bar takes the stress off the spine, it seems, but isn’t the point of deadlifts to target the lower back?
On the other hand, if the trap bar deadlift allows you to lift the most wait, I can see why it would be beneficial.
How do most people incorporate the trap bar into your deadlifting routine? [/quote]
If you want to see what it does for you, grab some dumbells and do deads with them as if it were a trap bar. While not the same, it would give you an idea of what it’s like enough to possibly help you decide if you want to drop $100 and something on one.
I’ve used one on numerous occasions and though it was akin to an ez curl bar for deadlifts. I didn’t really see much benefit from it to help improve my deadlift and it certainly won’t help my squat. Barring some sort of physical ailment that prevents you from doing squats and deads I wouldn’t put too much stock in that bar, that is unless you just wanted one for variety. In which case I’d go with a set of farmers walk handles. There’s just something cool about picking up a couple hundred pounds in each hand and walking down the street with it.