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Gym Equipment: Trap (Hex) Bar

A Trap Bar, also known as a Hex Bar, is a specialized weightlifting barbell that has a hexagonal shape, enabling the weight lifter to stand in the middle of it and keep the weight closer to your center of gravity.

The bar is designed to allow for more versatility in lifting movements and is commonly used for exercises such as deadlifts, shrugs, and farmer's walks. The trap bar is especially beneficial for individuals with lower back issues or those who want to increase their lifting capacity while minimizing the risk of injury.

Benefits of a Trap Bar

How to use a Trap Bar

  1. Begin by standing in the center of the bar with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Bend down and grasp the handles with a neutral grip (palms facing each other).
  3. Keep your back straight and chest up as you lift the bar off the ground.
  4. Extend your hips and knees to stand up with the bar.
  5. Lower the bar back to the ground in a controlled manner.
Trap Bar Trap or Hex Bar

Exercises Performed using a Trap Bar

Exercises that can be done using a trap bar:


We do not sell Trap Bars from this website, though we sometimes provide links to sites where you can buy them.

Disclaimer: Individuals with pre-existing injuries or health conditions should consult with a healthcare professional before using a Trap Bar or beginning any new exercise program.

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