I am newer to lifting and I have read conflicting views on whether or not trapbar deadlifts give the same benefits as doing squats and deadlifts.
Would you get good benefits from doing them in place of squats if you don’t have a rack to use at home for squatting?
Just to let you take note:
A 500lb trap bar DL is not equal a 500lb regular bar DL(though the movement looks kinda same)
Heck,you might not be even to pull 400lb with a regular bar if you have a 500lb trap bar pull.
This is true. When I could deadlift 655, I could do farmers walks using the trap bar and carry 615 up and down the gym. I wish I had a video of me using clamps to secure the last plate, out of fear they would slip off.
The trapbar is NOT the best of both worlds.
I have a very easy time teaching people this variation of the deadlift/squat. It takes me less than 5 minutes. I know people who still screw up squats and regular deads, but this seems to be a quick learn.
As far as Poliquin is concerned, have you looked at his Poliquin principles. He mentions the magic circle squats as a good variation of the squat in the leg chapter. The magic circle squat is very similar to this. I doubt he hates this.