What is the difference between deadlifting with straight bar and using hexbar

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    What is the difference between deadlifting with straight bar and using hexbar


    At my high school my coach makes us deadlift with the hexbar is doing it with a hexbar any different then a straightbar are there different muscles used or anything

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    The idea is that it is easier to keep form with the hex bar. It helps you go up in a straight line. A lot of people don't do deadlifts because they don't want to get hurt so they would avoid deadlift. This helps make it safer, or so the manufacturers claim. I haven't done a whole lot of research on it, but just easier to lift up in a straight line.
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    it also adds 100 pounds to ur deadlift thats why nearly every guy on the team will be deadlifting 400+ in reality its a 300 deadlift, which isnt special
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    I don't like the hexbar for deadlifting because it's too easy to enter into squat formation. Most likely you will have less back activity. With a straight bar you have lots of back activity. The hexbar is great for squats and farmers walks though.
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    With the hex bar the main muscles recruited in the deadlift are the hamstrings and traps. with a bar, there is much more back activity in the lats and there is more focus on the glutes.
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    I agree, I would also say at a younger age Hex bar would be the more realistic route to go in terms of deadlift. Especially when many younger athletes don't have the necessary form/strength in their lower back to handle higher weights. Hex bar IMHO is a good place to start with deadlift, but straight bar is where the party is at.
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    Hex bar puts the center of mass of the weight at your sides. With a barbell, the center is slightly in front of your body. The hex bar is more squat-like in my opinion. It is a bit safer and tends to have less back rounding. If you're training for a powerlifting competition go with regular deadlifts. If not, hex bar to your hearts content.
  

  
 

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