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.