Definition Of A Deadlift
The deadlift is a weightlifting exercise where you pull a loaded bar from the floor to the standing position. It’s one of the three major powerlifting moves along with the bench press and squats.
But you don’t have to be a competitive powerlifter to benefit from deadlifts. This exercise is arguably the best for strengthening all the major muscle groups on the back of your body.
Types Of Deadlift Bars
When performing the deadlift, the two most common types of bars are the hex bar and the straight barbell.
Hex Bar or Trap Bar
A hex bar is a weightlifting apparatus named for its 6-sided hexagon shape. This shape means that you stand in the center of the bar during most exercises.
A hex bar is sometimes called a trap bar because it’s good for doing shoulder shrugs. But you can use this bar for many other exercises, including deadlifts.
Usually, hex bars weigh between 45lbs and 60lbs depending on the materials of construction and handle configurations.