Originally Posted by Mike ODonnell
Can't see why not, as technically it's more like a squat holding heavy DBs...that are connected...and bar shaped.
Supporting the knee with strong and balanced (ratio wise) quads/hams is very important.
May help people get more posterior chain activation too by going lower and having better form than with a bar squat. Plus many of my clients who I used it on just felt more relaxed and safer doing it that way (knowing they could drop it at any time), so performance probably was increased due to that mental factor.
Using a step/box with it also is good for getting full ROM.
So it's kinda like doing DB squats using a bar type contraption...... seems kind of obvious when it's put like that. lol.
Good point on the psychological aspect of feeling confidant to push your limits without fear of failure. There have been a few occasions over the past couple of years where my knees have simply given way on me during heavy squats so I'm becoming increasingly reluctant to test my limits on this exercise. Trap bar DL's sound like a good way to get round that problem.
Originally Posted by Derek Weaver
I was actually thinking of this thread and realized that the trap bar deadlift is a) good as an intermediate lift between an actual pull and squat. b) a good step up exercise for those lacking the flexibility/mobility to do a fully squat (I'm thinking obviously hips, and ankles, but also thoracic extension and mobility of the shoulders) while working on the necessary attributes to actually squat
Someone with arthritic knees would likely do well. A good way to load the body, range of motion will be okay-but not great. I don't see why not. Like a non retarded leg press.
Again some good points. I like squats but my knees don't. I don't want to stop squatting so an exercise that permits me to perform a squat like exercise but with heavier loads than my knees can handle in a full squat would, I think, be extremely beneficial.
Originally Posted by Brandon Oto
Can be somewhat harder to keep the knees in a correct track than with regular squats IMO.
Conventional DL is the knee-friendly version of the squat if you ask me.
I understand what you're saying but I can already do convnentional DL's to my hearts content. What's missing from my workouts are genuinely heavy squats. If trap bar DL's can provide my with a means of getting back into heavy squatting (sort of) with less pain due to the slightly reduced ROM and less risk of injury from a failed rep then I'd be a fool not to give them a try.
So it looks like I know what I'll be getting for my next birthday.