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Improvised Trap Bar Deadlift


#1

The trap bar deadlift has always been my favorite quad exercise, but the problem is that my gym has taken away its trap bar. What i'm thinking of doing as a replacement is taking two barbells, placing them to my left and my right and deadlifting them. Like a dumbbell deadlift but with barbells. I did this today with 135 on each side and it felt like a trap bar deadlift. My question is: will there be any problems in the future with this lift as i progress? So far the only problem was balance but carefully gripping it in the proper place and using straps seemed to fix it.

Thanks in advance


#2

Hand positioning. They don't move on the trap bar.


#3

Can you explain on this? Without straps hand positioning was a problem but with straps it seemed to be a non-issue as long as i held the bar precisely in the middle.


#4

Look at your hands on the trap bar. they are x inches from your body.

Look at your hands on the BB's. Are you going to use your delts to keep them at x inches from your body? It's a minor thing though.


#5

I get what you're saying. Hopefully it shouldn't be that big of a deal. Just wanna make sure this lift is worthwhile before progressing on it.


#6

double suitcase deadlift? Hell if it is working and no one complains then have at it


#7

Can't you do any of the other awesome quad exercises instead? This seems like a pretty good way to injure yourself when you go heavy. Form breaks down at some point. Being strapped to two heavy unbalanced bars when that happens isn't something I would want.

Squats, front squats, leg presses, hack squats and variations thereof aren't enough for you?


#8

I've always liked rickshaw deads. Fixes that "balance" issue. Just stick two barbells against a wall, stack plates on one end (like you would with a T-Bar/Corner Row) and grab the bars, then pull.