The ONE Piece of Equipment That
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Let’s talk about what it takes to get STRONG…
I’m not talking beach muscles or non-functional muscle but Real Strength Training – The kind of training that builds strength, size, and power. The kind of training that turns average people into super heroes. The kind of training that would help you become a champion athlete in whatever sport you played…
The fact of the matter is that if you want that kind of strength you need to train the strongest muscles of the body — your hips, legs, and back — in the safest, most productive manner possible. The reason for this is very simple: when you train these muscle groups correctly it increases your body’s natural production of testosterone and growth hormone.
This means increases in strength and power throughout your entire body — your legs become stronger, your arms increase in size and your chest and back become broader.
– The Disadvantages of Training With a Straight Barbell –
Now, for many years serious trainees chose the deadlift with a straight barbell as their preferred exercise for training these areas.
The results were very good, if not outstanding, but training with the barbell does have its disadvantages:
During the deadlift, the barbell scrapes against the shins, knees, and thighs as it is lifted, even drawing blood in some cases
The barbell is also unavoidably lifted out in front of the body, which increases stress on the back and knees
In addition to the deadlift, Shrugs and rows, which are two very important and productive exercises, are also somewhat uncomfortable when performed with a straight barbell for many of the same reasons
Al Gerard with the Trap Bar
— circa 1986 —
Well about 20 years ago, Al Gerard, a powerlifter from North Carolina, was sick and tired of dealing with this situation. Al had to keep missing workouts because his back was so beat up from deadlifting with a straight bar — but he also had to keep deadlifting if he wanted to keep competing.
One day Al Gerard had a great idea…
Al created a sort of “frame” bar which he could stand in while deadlifting. This design moved the weight in line with the body’s natural center of gravity, instead of out in front of it, and more importantly it took stress off the lower back… He began to train.
After several months of training with his new invention, Al found that he could now deadlift AND squat with more weight even though he rarely trained those exercises with a barbell. Al also could not help but notice his traps had grown substantially larger and more muscular and his grip improved tremendously. He was undoubtedly onto something BIG — and the Gerard Trap Bar was born!
– A Great Idea Spreads –
The Gerard Trap Bar soon became one of the most well-known and valuable training tools for all kinds of athletes. Dr. Ken Leistner trained many of his powerlifters with the Trap Bar and they experienced incredible gains and increased totals. Paul Kelso, another well-known strength author, adapted the Gerard Trap Bar to his awesome “Shrug” system and featured it in many training articles throughout various publications.
“Do not consider the Trap Bar deadlift as just an alternative to the barbell squat. It is an outstanding exercise in its own right….The Trap Bar deadlift is the equal of the squat for many hardgainers… In fact, it has the potential to be the number one productive exercise for many hardgainers.” – Stuart McRobert in Beyond Brawn
Brooks Kubik, easily one of the most influential strength authors of modern times, lauded the Trap Bar throughout his writings.Many professional football teams started using the Trap Bar for shrugs in order to build all-important neck strength for their players. Several high schools replaced the straight bar with a trap bar for deadlift contests.And, after not being able to deadlift previously with a barbell, many serious trainees around the country and the world could now experience the awesome gains from deadlifting with a Trap Bar without having to deal with the discomfort of a straight bar.Al Gerard even patented the Trap Bar design and trademarked the “Trap Bar” name — no one else may use these marks without permission from Al Gerard.For building hip and leg strength, there is simply nothing better than the Gerard Trap Bar.
The Original Gerard Trap Bar has been featured in:
Dinosaur Training by Brooks Kubik
The Dinosaur Files
The Steel Tip Newsletter
Iron Man Magazine
Brawn by Stuart McRobert
Beyond Brawn by Stuart McRobert
Further Brawn by Stuart McRobert
American Fitness Quarterly
The Trap Bar is the safest, most comfortable way to deadlift ever invented.
– The Return of The King –
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Trap Bar became unavailable for a period of about 10 years. The original manufacturer had to bow out, and Al Gerard had his hands full with an unrelated project so the Trap Bar slipped under the radar.
That is, until one day…I was back home and spied a Trap Bar sitting in the corner of the weight room and decided to give it a spin just like the old days… Deadlifts, shrugs, and rows were as good as ever and the soreness the next day let me know that some Trap Bar Training would do my program pretty good…
Suddenly it occurred to me – why not make Trap Bar available again? Sure it had been a while but great equipment never goes out of style.I called up Al Gerard and told him my plans… he gave me the thumbs up.Then I called a manufacturer friend of mine and sent them Al’s plans – we wanted to make this according to Al Gerard’s exact specs. They crunched some numbers and put everything together — the results were absolutely, dead-on perfect.
Now the Original Gerard Trap Bar now makes its triumphant return!
– The “New” Original Gerard Trap Bar –
We have created the latest edition of the Trap Bar to Al Gerard’s exact plans using only the highest quality components. Every single aspect (material, knurling, angles, weight, length, handle diameter) is exactly as Al created it over two decades ago.
Although there is one exception: the New Trap Bar is now zinc-plated (giving it a nifty gold color).According to our manufacturer, the zinc-plating is exceptional in terms of durability and ruggedness which is why we chose it. We have milled the bar ends down to the Olympic standard of 1.95 inches (that’s right, we don’t charge extra just so your plates will fit).
John Wood the NEW Trap Bar
Also, we have the loading ends chamfered – something no other company in the industry does or has ever done. The Trap Bar weighs in at 45 lbs.Keep in mind that over the years there have been several Trap Bar knockoffs and wannabes which were manufactured very cheaply with low-grade steel and extremely low-quality chrome. While imitation is certainly a form of flattery, the copycatters’ efforts have been less than stellar. The chrome flakes off in jagged edges which are very dangerous and can cut you. Then, once the chrome does falls off, the underlying steel will rust. This will not happen with our new zinc-plated model.
We want to make sure your equipment is built tough and lasts a lifetime which is why we went the extra mile with the “New” Gerard Trap Bar.Do yourself a big favor and be a part of Trap Bar training in the new Millennium.
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