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Hex Bar Recommendations / Handle Question


#1

I looking to add a hex/trap bar to my home gym. I noticed some with raised handles and some without raised handles. What is the difference in how it affects the lift?

Does anyone have a recommendation for a hex/trap bar to hold olympic weights that wont break the bank?


#2

Raised handles shortens the range of motion, makes if more of like pulling from a block or rack. Low handles is more range of motion and more like a convention DL starting point. High handles you can pull more, and personally I feel more leg drive from the quads than hips. Use both.

Get the one with raised, as I was informed to my own embarrassment here, you can flip it upside down if you get the one with high handles and it is now a low handle.

I got mine on Amazon for 100 bucks. Used it for 400 lb+ loads with no problem. Hope that helps.


#3

I have one from a chain sporting goods store with the raised handles. Just gives more options.
Has held up fine for years. No reason to pay shipping in my opinion for a bar like that.
I’m a huge fan of home gyms. Well worth the money and the time saved.


#4

Amazon Prime ships for free!


#5

Exactly this. I’ve used mine far more for loaded carries than deadlifts though, especially after I first read “never let go”. I find the high handles fucks with my deadlift mechanics, my body can’t figure out If it’s squatting or deadlifting and does neither.


#6

Great point.
I’ve done my part to keep them in business. I haven’t used them for sporting goods/ gym equipment.
I probably should. I tend to order from the individual business- EliteFTS, Ironmind, Newyorkbarbell, Spud Inc, etc…


#7

I live in the middle of nowhere so it’s easy for me. I am however going to get my new power bar from New York barbell.


#8

I have some of their products. No complaints. The customer service department was a help when I ordered my dumbbell rack.
Shipped on time , no damage on arrival.