[quote]Iron Condor wrote:
High handles, low handles, rack, deficit - it depends on your goal. Since the trap bar deadlift is not a part of any competition, there is no ‘right’ answer. However, you’ll already reach a bit lower than you’d do with a standard deadlift since the handles are further apart, so anything more than a single plate to stand on really seems excessive to me.[/quote]
At the moment I am substituting the trap bar for both squats and deads, so I want the maximum possible ROM to get the most out of it. With high handles it just feels like I’m cheating.
[quote]In terms of strength: again, there are no real guidelines since it’s not a competition lift. No one really gives a damn how much you can trap bar deadlift. If you need a number to shoot for: 2x bodyweight is never a world record, but always impressive. On any lift.
No one cares about it, but I think it’s good to have some sort of benchmark all the same. Something like breaking a BW OHP or 2x BW squat is a milestone and let’s you know where you’re at.
TC, use whatever helps you reach your goals. As for strength standards, those are silly things. For the trap bar, I feel like adding 100lbs to whatever you think is a good barbell deadlift is accurate.[/quote]
I think that’s about right. I first picked it up about a week ago and maxed out at about 240 lbs (at 140 lbs BW) with no previous weight lifting experience or athletic background (except for about 6 months of martial arts). For a deadlift that would put me somewhere in Intermediate which can’t be right.
Anyway, it doesn’t really matter. I’m just going to keep loading it up until no more plates can fit on. I also want to run an experiment of sorts, using just a trap bar for 6 months or so and seeing what, if any, carryover it has to a squat or a deadlift (neither of which I’ve trained before).[/quote]
You’re talking about things letting you know where you are at and certain lifts being intermediate. I am curious whose standards you are using.