the "Super Deadlift Bar" weight
bar a worthwhile training
equipment investment or are you better
off with a regular
straight bar your deadlifts? Find out
The Barbell Deadlift is by far one of
the most productive, total-body exercises
a person can do. But many people, due
to biomechanical, structural or sometimes
even motivational reasons, simply find
the exercise too awkward or just too
hard or painful to perform properly.
This takes an extremely valuable exercise
out of a person's training repertoire.
Deadlift Bar" aims to change that.
The question we're asking here today
is: "does it perform when put to
The Problem The Super
Deadlift Bar Claims to Solve:
examine the mechanics of the deadlift
and how the "Super Deadlift Bar"
works. When you do a regular barbell
deadlift, in order to minimize torque
on the lower back, you need to keep
the bar as close in line to your center
of gravity as possible (this is the
point in your body where the combined
weights of all your parts are balanced).
For example, when you're standing, your
center of gravity is (depending on how
your bodyweight is distributed and what
your posture is like) normally just
slightly forward of the ankle joint.
weight you're deadlifting is outside
your center of gravity, it exerts torque
on the lower back during the movement.
Reducing this torque involves keeping
the bar as close to your shins as possible
during the first half of the movement
until the bar clears your knees.
keeping the bar close to your shins
can also mean having to drag the bar
up your shins when using very heavy
weight. Speaking from personal experience,
I've walked away from numerous deadlift
sessions with my shins scraped and bleeding
(even under sweat pants).
how close you keep the bar to your shins,
however, you'll never get it close enough
to fully reduce the torque on the lower
How the "Super
Deadlift Bar" Works:
Deadlift Bar" addresses this problem
by moving the bar out away from your
shins but at the same time moving the
center of mass of the bar back in line
with your center of gravity. This is
accomplished with a bent-bar design
that opens up the area right in the
center of the bar to allow your knees
in the bar allows you to basically stand
directly inside the bar, placing the
center of mass of the bar directly in
line with your center of gravity.
allows you to pull the bar directly
up rather than having to work around
your knees and shins as you pull the
bar up. This purportedly eliminates
a significant amount of torque on the
lower back during the movement as the
bar is able to stay in line with your
center of gravity all the way up.
pulling the bar straight up rather than
having to go around your knees may eliminate
a significant loss of upwards force
compared to the conventional deadlift.
Practically speaking, it means you should
be able to lift more weight.
Does The Super Deadlift
Bar Actually Work?
In a nutshell,
yes. In practical testing, I've found
that trainers using the "Super
Deadlift Bar" were better able
to perform the deadlift exercise and
maintain far better lower back position
as they performed the movement.
using this bar allowed the tester to
use heavier weights with far less lower-back
discomfort. The lifter was better able
to maintain the lordotic (lower back)
curvature of the spine during the lift,
increasing the safety of the exercise.
It's important to maintain this curve
during lifting in order to allow the
muscles of the lower back to properly
stabilize the spinal column.
nice added benefit of the bar is that
the neutral positioning of the handles
(palms facing in) completely eliminated
the tendency of the bar to roll as it's
lifted. This problem in the regular
barbell deadlift is normally addressed
by using a mixed grip (one hand over,
one hand under). The technique, however,
can lead to uneven torque on the shoulders
and the lower back during the movement
as well as rotation of the bar as you
with a neutral grip (palms facing into
your body) eliminates rolling and unbalanced
loads on the skeleton and muscles.
of note about the grip on this bar,
however, is that you must be careful
of where you place your hands on the
handles. If you grip the handles dead
center, the bar will have a tendency
to tip backward (this is due to the
anatomy of the human hand). In order
to work around this, all you need to
do is set your hands back a little on
a video of me using the bar to perform
high-rep deadlifts (315 lbs x 30 reps):
up! The "Super Deadlift Bar"
is very effective for the purpose for
which it was designed and I highly recommend
it if you are interested in increasing
your lower back and total body strength
through deadlifting. The bar is also
very effective for performing shrugs,
lunges and bent-over rows as well.
are interested in purchasing a "Super
Deadlift Bar," you can do so directly
from the company that manufacturers
the bar using the link below.