What is a "Deadlift" bar and why would you need one?
If you are really serious about your lifting, and moving some serious weight, like deadlifts of 600 lbs, 700 lbs, 800 lbs, or even more, a deadlift bar may be perfect for you.
StrongArm Deadlift bars are:
- More flexible than a regular power bar. Deadlifting on a regular bar means pulling from a "dead" start, in other words, from zero to 100% of the weight all at once. With a more flexible bar though, the centre of the bar will rise a few inches before the weights start to lift, and when they do the plates that are on the inside will lift first, moving towards the outer edge. The result of this is a smoother, more progressive acceleration of the weight, allowing you to lift more actual weight. Most lifters that use a deadlift bar will tell you that they can pull 40 or 50 lbs more with a deadlift bar compared to a standard power bar.
- Thinner than a regular power bar. Most power bars are 29 or 30 mm, a StrongArm deadlift bar is 27 mm. This thinness contributes to the flexibility, and also lets you get more of your hands and fingers around the bar. Particularly important if you use the double overhand "hook" grip.
- Longer sleeves than a regular bar. The longer sleeves allow for more weight to be put on, especially necessary if you are using gym plates, that tend to be wider than competition plates. The long shaft also contributes to the progressive pull that the DL bar is known for.
- Knurling tend to come in two varieties, small, fine points, with sharp tips, or large points with flat tips, (sometimes a bit concave, "volcano" shaped. When we designed our DL bars we told the manufacturer we wanted the best of both worlds, large points, sharply tipped.
Here's a closeup:
- Knurling where you need it, not where you don't. Sumo deadlifting is taking over Powerlifting. Yet 99.9 of the bars you see sumo lifters using are made for conventional deadlifting, and they wind up gripping the bar on the smooth part, and least partly, while the knurling rubs on their legs during the pull. We thought we could do better. So we designed a bar with knurling in the middle, where the hands will be, and no knurling where it slides on the legs.
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For $349 you won't find a better bar for deadifting than ours.
Below is review of our Conventional deadlift bar, the same bar except for different knurling configuration.
Recently got this bar, great whip, sumo knurling is great for me. I like the feel of the bar and it's look. The only downside is the fact it's bare steel, but if taken care of correctly, it's not a problem.
Thanks again Strongarm!
Best bar I own
Hi wasn't sure at first if it would be worth adding a sumo deadlift bar to our bar collection, given we have a "Texas deadlift bar" which most say is the reference deadlift bar. I'm glad we did. The strongarm sumo bar is a high quality bar. The knurling is comfortable giving you good grip but not to aggressive, the whip is impressive , and the fit and finish , I think is as good if not better than any rogue or Texas bar. This bar will be well used and alot of fun to train with. Looking forward to purchasing the strongarm buffalo bar when it's back in stock clearly this Canadian company understands quality. Love it !!
I bought this as a specific bar for my deadlift platform.
The knurling is really grippy, but not cutting into my hands. The 27mm diameter makes it a lot easier to hook grip than a 29mm bar. Comparing a 27mm to a 29mm bar for hook grip, a 27mm diameter will feel a lot more secure during a top set.
I can't comment on the whip since I only pulled in the mid 300s prior to the lockdown and the whip from any deadlift bar is only really noticeable around 600 or more lbs, so I've heard.
Had been interested in getting a deadlift bar for a while and when I noticed that they were offered in a special "sumo" variant, I couldn't resist any longer, especially at the price point...Took longer than I'd have hoped to arrive but that's almost to be expected during an unprecedented modern day pandemic. (Was shipped quickly after ordering though I'll add) Have only lifted once since receiving but I can say the knurling is fantastic, aggressive yet not to the point of chewing up my hands and is surprisingly whippier than I imagined even lighter weights. Bare steel shaft has its pros and cons but if you live in a humid climate such as myself maybe invest in a cheap nylon brush and do a little maintenance periodically so the cons are mitigated.... In closing, you're not likely to find a better bar at that price. No buyers remorse whatsoever...Love it and can't wait to pull some more weight!