This is a hex bar. The hex bar has been around since the mid 1980's and was invented by Power lifter, Al Gerard. The hex bar or trap bar is often thought of as an alternative to conventional barbell dead lifting. This is true, but the bar has many more uses other than just dead lifting! The hex bar is a great piece of equipment for somebody who wants to improve the strength in their legs, hips and back! But unlike the conventional barbell, the hex bar can be used to pull big weights off the floor without irritating the lower back nor roll out of the user's hands. Grip strength, lower back injury and poor flexibility or range of motion does not seem to hinder exercise performance with this bar! In fact Al Gerard, who had been plagued with lower back injuries in his youth and competitive career could pull 600 pounds (272kg) from the floor in his 40's!
Benefits of the Trap Bar:
- Dead lifts are easier to learn and perform with this bar!
- No need for mix grip meaning less chance of a torn bicep!
- Has a higher transfer to other sports!
- User can lift more weight safely with the trap bar!
- Perfect for lower body strength exercises for people with injuries or poor range of motion!
List of Exercises Performed on the Hex bar:
- Hex bar dead lift
- Hex bar Squats
- Modified back squats
- Lunges - stationary and mobile
- Split Squats - stationary and mobile
- Certain pressing exercises e.g) Shoulder press