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 $379 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.
Lovely bar but could be a little whippier
Most importantly the bar performs really well, the knurl is aggressive enough that I have had no problems with max heavy singles but also refined enough that it’s great for higher volume work.
I personally added my own powerlifting rings to the bar because it makes foot placement much easier among our athletes. I think this is something the bar would benefit from as standard.
The centre knurl is very well done and exactly where it should be so possibly previous off set problems have either been resolved or weren’t present on my example.
The only downside is getting this bar to the uk means it’s close to double the price. £138 shipping and then sadly a further £86.83 import fees which you don’t know about until it arrives.
All in all the bar is still worth the £458.83 to us where there isn’t a good uk alternative for those who pull sumo. Especially as I feel it’s comparable in performance to the Texas power bar deadlift bar or rogue deadlift bar.
The bar is awesome and you can´t get a bar for sumo deadlift somewhere else. Lifting feeling great. But you have to inform your costumers about the taxes (rouge always does that). Also two little marks on the bar would be nice, so you know how to position your feet. Thanks for the fast shipping. Best Regards
My bar also has knurling off center by about 5/8". Pretty lame because I'd like to have a wider grip on the bar. And of course, looks cheap having a felt marker line drawn on the knurling.
We've had a few quality issues like this, not many, but a few.. The manufacturers have been just overwhelmed with business, and cutting a few corners to get the orders out. We've spoken to them about this sort of thing already, they assure us the next shipment will be perfect. We're also looking at a European manufacturer that promises top notch quality.
Great bar for the price! Knurling is perfect for grip. Only complaint is knurling being 5/8 inch off centre. You MUST mark the bar to get a balanced grip...Quick fix!
This is the first time we are hearing this Brent, hopefully it's just your bar. We will mention it to the manufacturers.