6ft Olympic Hex Bar
The Olympic Hex bar (sometimes referred to as a trap bar) might be one of the strangest pieces of gym equipment you will see in the gym today. Don’t let that put you off though, it’s an excellent addition to any serious strength and conditioning set-up.
The bar is a better piece of equipment for going heavier on deadlifts as it has the ability to reduce tension on the lumbar spine whilst developing lower body power. The Olympic Hex Bar does this by allowing the user to step “into” the hex bar rather than stand behind it. This means you will be able to drive more weight off the floor with your hips and legs in a more upright position without the strength of your back coming into question.
The Olympic Hex bar is also a useful tool for teaching beginners how to deadlift without the dangers of weak backs and poor flexibility hindering their progression, and for tall athletes who struggle to deadlift conventionally.