Hall of Famer
- Jun 27, 2013
- AFL Club
- Western Bulldogs
- Other Teams
- Tottenham Hotspur, SSC Napoli, ESH
Apparently the Swiss bar helps people with dodgy shoulders bench without discomfort also, so in ways it has similarities with a SSB in helping the shoulders out. Though my shoulders are ok on bench, it would be a good alternative to use instead of hitting dumbbells.I still don't buy the argument that trap bars are as dangerous. You aren't going to be "flapping about in the wind" with them unless, as you say, you're ego lifting - you'd have to be tremendously reckless to screw them up.
The consensus is that it's easier to teach and perform trap-bar deadlifts than conventional deadlifts. Although you could strongly argue they aren't better, they are a perfectly viable alternative for non-competitive lifters to conventional as far as I can tell.
As for the SSB bar, some argue that not only is it fine for non-competitors, but even professionals could use them 90% of the time.
You can still get crazy stupid strength using a trap-bar and SSB bar, I'd wager.
Tbf all 3 of a swiss bar, SSB and trap bar is high on my buy list over summer, swiss and trap bars due to versatility, SSB because my shoulder flexibility stinks and will take months to loosen up with physio, but it'll be easier to do split squats and good mornings with (haven't bothered as my current squat rack is too low to back squat, so only front squatted in it with light weight, though will be buying a new rack over the weekend, so will need to start stretching the shoulders out properly again)