After reading countless articles over the years regarding Trap Bar DL vs Conv, the first one seemed like the only logical choice from an athletes perspective.
I’ve pulled conventional for 5 years or so. I was always in the same cycle where I would feel fine, progress, tweak the lower back, rehab and restart the process. With the Trap Bar I’ve been able to avoid all that and just progress injury free, but it still doesn’t feel as ‘‘legit’’. My best pull Conv was 475 and with a Trap Bar 500.
I would really like to known people’s take on the matter. From what I’ve gathered:
-Easy to compare to other lifters since it’s much more popular
-More posterior chain dominant
Trap Bar DL
-Form/mobility is a non-issue
-Neutral grip allows disregarding straps (mixed grip can cause imbalances)
-Less shear force on the lower back
-More quand dominant
Am I crazy for wanting to stick with Trap Bar Deadlifts ‘‘forever’’?
Some options I’ve thought of, to ease into the Conv Deadlifts:
-Running a 6-12 weeks block where I pull from 6 inches blocs, then another 6-12 weeks block from 3 inches, and finally pull from the floor on the 3rd block and on.
-Slowly adding RDLs to my current routine with very light weights