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Dumbbell Dead Lifts

How do you think these hold up compared to a trap Bar deadlift?

I could get my hands on some Olympic dumbbells but don’t like the idea of splashing out on a trap Bar and leaving it at the gym

Any thoughts?

PS-what is the maximum load you have put on to an Olympic dumbbell? We only have the ready-made ones at our gym and they only go up to 40 kg/90 pounds

i don’t know how far away from your body you would be holding the trap bar but the dumbells will ride up the side of your body which is around shoulder width. laters pk

Does your gym not have barbells or are you just looking for variation?

Do yourself a favor and get a trap bar. I use over 600 lbs on mine and I’ll be damned if I can find, let alone hold onto a pair of 300 lb dumbells.

Just carry it in and out of the gym or keep it there and let others use it… they probably wont even know what to do with it and will leave it alone and use the Smith Machine instead anyway!

[quote]derek wrote:
Do yourself a favor and get a trap bar. I use over 600 lbs on mine and I’ll be damned if I can find, let alone hold onto a pair of 300 lb dumbells.

Just carry it in and out of the gym or keep it there and let others use it… they probably wont even know what to do with it and will leave it alone and use the Smith Machine instead anyway![/quote]

haha, so funny and true.

I love the trap bar deadlifts too. Easily my favorite lift in the gym, especially since I don’t do back squats.
I stand on a ~5inch high platform to get my thighs parallel.
I have never done another lift that works as many muscles.

Trap Bars are excellent. Though I’m a big fan of just about any DB variation, I’m going to say go get a trap bar and leave it at the gym. As was said before, just about no one else is gonna use it.

'cept for that one guy who’s gonna curl the mess outta it.

once.

[quote]derek wrote:
Do yourself a favor and get a trap bar. I use over 600 lbs on mine and I’ll be damned if I can find, let alone hold onto a pair of 300 lb dumbells.

Just carry it in and out of the gym or keep it there and let others use it… they probably wont even know what to do with it and will leave it alone and use the Smith Machine instead anyway![/quote]

Well, it just doesn’t equate like that. 600 on a bar is not 2 - 300lb DB’s. Anyway, I have adjustable DB’s that go up to 280, and yes I can hold on to them…what is this 3rd grade?

OK, please humor the newb. What’s so great about a trap bar?

[quote]knighty wrote:
How do you think these hold up compared to a trap Bar deadlift?

I could get my hands on some Olympic dumbbells but don’t like the idea of splashing out on a trap Bar and leaving it at the gym

Any thoughts?

PS-what is the maximum load you have put on to an Olympic dumbbell? We only have the ready-made ones at our gym and they only go up to 40 kg/90 pounds[/quote]

I have done dumbell deadlifts one-side at a time and they are killer, but you have to stay. I have put 135 on my adjustible dumbells at home, but I wouldn’t do that on a pressing movement for safety sake.

One type of set I’ve done with a 135 DB:
First, deadlift it suitcase style on the right, set it down in front of you. Pick it up with the left hand and set it down on your left side, then repeat back to the other side.

I really think the Trap Bar is good for sports because it gets the bar/dumbell out of the way.