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epdavis7

I had a CAP trap bar long ago and I'm interested in picking up a new one. Anyone using one consistently and what brands etc do you recommend? Its a great movement that works a lot of muscle. A highly underrated exercise.
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sirloin

epdavis7 wrote:
I had a CAP trap bar long ago and I'm interested in picking up a new one. Anyone using one consistently and what brands etc do you recommend? Its a great movement that works a lot of muscle. A highly underrated exercise.


I have two, both bodymax, the smaller one weigh's 30kg, the bigger one is 45kg. Theyve good aggressive knurling and can handle over a thousand pound.
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frostyF

Arkansas, USA

I have two very well knurled double handled trap bars I got from eBay for only $110 each with free shipping.Each one weighs 50 pounds.
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epdavis7

sirloin wrote:
epdavis7 wrote:
I had a CAP trap bar long ago and I'm interested in picking up a new one. Anyone using one consistently and what brands etc do you recommend? Its a great movement that works a lot of muscle. A highly underrated exercise.

I have two, both bodymax, the smaller one weigh's 30kg, the bigger one is 45kg. Theyve good aggressive knurling and can handle over a thousand pound.


Thank you! I have limited equipment and wanted to add another lower body movement without adding in a squat rack (I currently do Hip Belt Squats and weighted 45 degree Hyperextensions). I used to love Trap Bar Deadlifts.

I notice in the picture you have your bar on supports. Is that to make loading plates easier or do you need to start slightly higher for biomechanical reasons?
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sirloin

epdavis7 wrote:
sirloin wrote:
epdavis7 wrote:
I had a CAP trap bar long ago and I'm interested in picking up a new one. Anyone using one consistently and what brands etc do you recommend? Its a great movement that works a lot of muscle. A highly underrated exercise.

I have two, both bodymax, the smaller one weigh's 30kg, the bigger one is 45kg. Theyve good aggressive knurling and can handle over a thousand pound.

Thank you! I have limited equipment and wanted to add another lower body movement without adding in a squat rack (I currently do Hip Belt Squats and weighted 45 degree Hyperextensions). I used to love Trap Bar Deadlifts.

I notice in the picture you have your bar on supports. Is that to make loading plates easier or do you need to start slightly higher for biomechanical reasons?


There for strapless grip training mate, the blocks just make it easier for lifting off.
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Crotalus

Yeah, best piece of equipment ever made.

I own a Shrug Bar from PDA but think any 'Trap Bar' is great.

When I used the one with the raised handles I turned it upside down so I was using the other grip to increase the range of motion.

My gym now has one that has hollow square bars, is a little bigger and seems a little lighter in weight than 45 lbs. which is what my Shrug Bar weighs. Don't know the brand except everyone there refers to it as a 'Hex Bar' .
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epdavis7

sirloin wrote:
epdavis7 wrote:
sirloin wrote:
epdavis7 wrote:
I had a CAP trap bar long ago and I'm interested in picking up a new one. Anyone using one consistently and what brands etc do you recommend? Its a great movement that works a lot of muscle. A highly underrated exercise.

I have two, both bodymax, the smaller one weigh's 30kg, the bigger one is 45kg. Theyve good aggressive knurling and can handle over a thousand pound.

Thank you! I have limited equipment and wanted to add another lower body movement without adding in a squat rack (I currently do Hip Belt Squats and weighted 45 degree Hyperextensions). I used to love Trap Bar Deadlifts.

I notice in the picture you have your bar on supports. Is that to make loading plates easier or do you need to start slightly higher for biomechanical reasons?

There for strapless grip training mate, the blocks just make it easier for lifting off.


Grip master!
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epdavis7

Crotalus wrote:
Yeah, best piece of equipment ever made.

I own a Shrug Bar from PDA but think any 'Trap Bar' is great.

When I used the one with the raised handles I turned it upside down so I was using the other grip to increase the range of motion.

My gym now has one that has hollow square bars, is a little bigger and seems a little lighter in weight than 45 lbs. which is what my Shrug Bar weighs. Don't know the brand except everyone there refers to it as a 'Hex Bar' .


The one I had did not have handles, but was considering getting one with handles due to my height and leverages (I?m 6?4?). Some appear to have lower handles and some higher handles. I wouldn?t want to reduce ROM too much, just enough. Appreciate all the input, I want to make a wise purchase.
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Crotalus

epdavis7 wrote:

The one I had did not have handles, but was considering getting one with handles due to my height and leverages (


Yeah, the raised handles I figured was a nice thing to have for taller guys and the fact that you can turn it to use the regular grips for the short guys was a nice addition to an already great piece of equipment.

If I could do only one exercise , this would be it no doubt about it. Add dips and one arm rows and you have it all covered.

One guy asked if the wood blocks in one picture were for loading the bar easier .... which does become a pain in the ass. The solution is a item called 'DEAD WEDGES' and you should get these when you decide on a bar ; makes loading and unloading the bar so much easier.

They're available on Amazon . Be sure to order TWO when you order ... I thought they came in pairs and they don't and had to order again, LOL.
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perrymk

I have a trap bar by new York Barbells that has a built stand. That means it is elevated slightly so weights can be easily put on / taken off. So I took a small pallet (maybe 2'x2') that fits between the plates and reinforced it to use as a platform to compensate for the reduced range of motion. It works for me.
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Average Al

epdavis7 wrote:
I had a CAP trap bar long ago and I'm interested in picking up a new one. Anyone using one consistently and what brands etc do you recommend? Its a great movement that works a lot of muscle. A highly underrated exercise.


I considered buying one in the past for home use, but ended up getting a gym membership, so I never pulled the trigger. However, I have kept my eye open for what is available. In the last couple years, there have been a lot more models and designs introduced. (Trap bar lifts must have become a lot more popular.)

There are, of course, the basic models made from 1" bars, for less than $200.

Rouge makes a couple of higher end durable ones that can hold more weight and can be used in a squat rack (for rack pulls and different pressing movements). These are in the range of $300-$400. (The Rouge bar seems to be what the army is buying for their new fitness test.)

Valor and XMark offer a somewhat different design, where you have a hexagonal frame that sits on the ground, with raised handles and weight horns. These models have a rotating grip assembly that allows you to use grips of different diameter. The Valor and XMark versions are available online for less than $300:

https://www.amazon.com/...c/dp/B073K18QMG


I know there is a higher end commercial grade bar of the same design, priced closed to $700, but I can't recall the brand right now.

The neatest one I've seen lately is an Eleiko Open Trap Bar. Very expensive at $800, but it has some unique features.

https://youtu.be/d-6WzUFFnQ8
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Castiron

I have one from PDA too - got it about 15 years or more ago. PDA is long gone however. It is sized for standard plates, has 1.5" grip diameter and weighs about 40 lbs. Sleeves have plenty of room for weight and using 100 lb standard plates, the handle height is just right for me.
There are a lot of options out there, but many to me are the equivalent to those Cap barbells and spin lock dumbells you see in commercial fitness stores.
Best option right now in my opinion for a quality product is the one offered by Rogue.
If I had to choose one movement only, it'd be the trap bar deadlift.
Good luck.
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Ray200

I have a Mirafit Shrug Bar. Weighs 27kg with raised handles. Max. capacity listed as 300kg. Very durable, albeit the knurling is not as severe as I'd like.
Useful for grip work, farmer's walk and overhead pressing but I'm one of the few non-converts to TBDLs as the style feels awkward.

Ray
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epdavis7

Crotalus wrote:
epdavis7 wrote:

The one I had did not have handles, but was considering getting one with handles due to my height and leverages (

Yeah, the raised handles I figured was a nice thing to have for taller guys and the fact that you can turn it to use the regular grips for the short guys was a nice addition to an already great piece of equipment.

If I could do only one exercise , this would be it no doubt about it. Add dips and one arm rows and you have it all covered.

One guy asked if the wood blocks in one picture were for loading the bar easier .... which does become a pain in the ass. The solution is a item called 'DEAD WEDGES' and you should get these when you decide on a bar ; makes loading and unloading the bar so much easier.

They're available on Amazon . Be sure to order TWO when you order ... I thought they came in pairs and they don't and had to order again, LOL.


Thanks appreciate it. I always thought a perfect minimal routine would be weighted chins, weighted dips and TBDL. Throw in some abs, calves, neck and grip if you have time or energy.
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sirloin

Ray200 wrote:
I have a Mirafit Shrug Bar. Weighs 27kg with raised handles. Max. capacity listed as 300kg. Very durable, albeit the knurling is not as severe as I'd like.
Useful for grip work, farmer's walk and overhead pressing but I'm one of the few non-converts to TBDLs as the style feels awkward.

Ray


Ive a Mirafit football bar and farmers walk unit, I can confirm, its a decent make and is cheaper.
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sirloin

epdavis7 wrote:
sirloin wrote:
epdavis7 wrote:
sirloin wrote:
epdavis7 wrote:
I had a CAP trap bar long ago and I'm interested in picking up a new one. Anyone using one consistently and what brands etc do you recommend? Its a great movement that works a lot of muscle. A highly underrated exercise.

I have two, both bodymax, the smaller one weigh's 30kg, the bigger one is 45kg. Theyve good aggressive knurling and can handle over a thousand pound.

Thank you! I have limited equipment and wanted to add another lower body movement without adding in a squat rack (I currently do Hip Belt Squats and weighted 45 degree Hyperextensions). I used to love Trap Bar Deadlifts.

I notice in the picture you have your bar on supports. Is that to make loading plates easier or do you need to start slightly higher for biomechanical reasons?

There for strapless grip training mate, the blocks just make it easier for lifting off.


Grip master!


Lol, cheers. I recently got a rolling thunder and pinch grip block....a lot more humbling.
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Ray200

sirloin wrote:
Ray200 wrote:
I have a Mirafit Shrug Bar. Weighs 27kg with raised handles. Max. capacity listed as 300kg. Very durable, albeit the knurling is not as severe as I'd like.
Useful for grip work, farmer's walk and overhead pressing but I'm one of the few non-converts to TBDLs as the style feels awkward.

Ray

Ive a Mirafit football bar and farmers walk unit, I can confirm, its a decent make and is cheaper.


Yeah, no need to spend the huge amounts on the upper end of the price range, even if it's a lifetime commitment--but I think some of the suggestions on here are pretty good choices.
An extra to consider is the open-ended trap bar. Some of them come with built-in jacks. You can also use these for Bulgarian Splits Squats and Rows. Quite a novel approach.

Cheers,
Ray
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dipsrule

Pennsylvania, USA

epdavis7 wrote:
Crotalus wrote:
Yeah, best piece of equipment ever made.

I own a Shrug Bar from PDA but think any 'Trap Bar' is great.

When I used the one with the raised handles I turned it upside down so I was using the other grip to increase the range of motion.

My gym now has one that has hollow square bars, is a little bigger and seems a little lighter in weight than 45 lbs. which is what my Shrug Bar weighs. Don't know the brand except everyone there refers to it as a 'Hex Bar' .

The one I had did not have handles, but was considering getting one with handles due to my height and leverages (I?m 6?4?). Some appear to have lower handles and some higher handles. I wouldn?t want to reduce ROM too much, just enough. Appreciate all the input, I want to make a wise purchase.




The handles are only a few inches higher so you won't have to worry about range of motion.

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BorisV

Maryland, USA

Try one from Archon Fitness
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FortCollinsFan

biggerfasterstronger.com/collections/bars-and-collars-1/products/mega-hex-bar-usa

Best one on the market. Weighs 75 lbs and built like a tank. I own two of these.
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Average Al

Ray200 wrote:
An extra to consider is the open-ended trap bar. Some of them come with built-in jacks. You can also use these for Bulgarian Splits Squats and Rows. Quite a novel approach.

Cheers,
Ray


Power Systems has offered an affordable, open design bar for several years. It is called the super dead lift bar. Weight sleeves might be a little short for really strong guys.

https://www.power-systems.com/...er-deadlift-bar
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epdavis7

All, I really appreciate all the input(s). I have some research to do before I spend any more money on my "toys" My wife is looking at a major kitchen remodel and I must get approval from CINC House first before spending more $$$. I'm going to get one as I think its a great exercise. Between TBDL, Hip Belt Squats, Weighted SLDL's, Calf and Tibia work I should be able to adequately stress my lower body....and its a lot less expensive than getting a squat rack.
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perrymk

If what you really want is a squat rack there are a number of options priced under $300 including freight.

http://www.newyorkbarbells.com/...powerracks.html

I've used one of NYBBs racks for years and am perfectly happy with it.

I'm not knocking the trap bar; just didn't realize you might consider other options.
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epdavis7

epdavis7 wrote:
All, I really appreciate all the input(s). I have some research to do before I spend any more money on my "toys" My wife is looking at a major kitchen remodel and I must get approval from CINC House first before spending more $$$. I'm going to get one as I think its a great exercise. Between TBDL, Hip Belt Squats, Weighted Hyperextensions, Calf and Tibia work I should be able to adequately stress my lower body....and its a lot less expensive than getting a squat rack.


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Turpin

The only change in ROM when going from low handles to high handles is that of the lower back involvement.
I recently changed from using low handles exclusively for the last 5yrs to now using the high handle position and the hip position is identical ( see pics L is high handle R. low handle ) but the leg drive is increased by the more upright torso ( much like a high bar versus low bar squat .. the latter realising more low back but less leg activation )

So don't think the high handles on the trap bar simply as a change in ROM , instead consider it as a more advantageous and effective way to activate the lowerbody musculature.

T.
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