Build athletic power with deadlifts by Rick Lange

Starting position using the low handles notice shoulders pulled back and flat back.

Starting position using the low handles notice shoulders pulled back and flat back.

Unless you are a powerlifter and have to use a straight bar for competition , I suggest you invest in a  parallel handle deadlift bar also known as a TRAP bar.  And even if you are a powerlifter….this bar is a great variation.

Improved leverage is the reason this bar is highly recommended.   The straight bar puts much more torque on the spine than the trap bar.   So we  get all the benefits of deadlifting and less danger of an injury by utilizing this bar.

As in any exercise  form is critical.   Always remember to  pull your shoulder blades together  and push out with your abs before starting the pull and keep tight the entire lift.

I recommend using  this exercise in a few different ways.   First would be to pull from the floor.  Another variation is to raise the bar either using blocks,  plates or a power rack and do pulls from about 4 inches higher than  if you were on the floor and also at 8 inches higher.  But in different workouts.  I also suggest  doing wide grip deadlifts using this bar by holding onto the plates.   I cycle these deadlifts over 4 wks.   All the variations compliment each other.   Make sure when u do the partials that it is  a few inches below knee level at the highest position u utilize in order for it to carry over.

This exercise is a hip hinge movement that works the entire posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes,  spinal errectors, upper and mid back) very effectively along with the quads.

Parallel handle  deadlifts can benefit anyone, athletes, bodybuilders, and fitness enthusiasts. Women and men at any age looking to improve their overall shape and appearance cannot  chose a better movement.

Rick Lange

About Rick Lange

My goal is to give out training advice that has helped me tremendously. I am 54 yrs old and have been training almost all my life. Weight training...bodybuilding, and powerlifting have been my focus. I ventured into cycling, road and mountain biking and triathlon for a while. Lost lots of weight in order to make myself competitive. Then decided to come back to my roots....weight training. I have a very athletic background, having participated in football, baseball and track in my school days. I am very proud of my accomplishments racing motocross and jet skiis. Also ejoyed windsurfing , kayaying, water skiing and snow boarding/skiing as well. Rick Lange
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