The Trap Bar and High School Athletes

The Gerard Trap Bar has always been a very good choice for high school athletes and several states have started using it in their various Powerliftig meets and contests. Not only is the Trap Bar much safer overall than a straight bar (since it moves the resistance closer to the body) it also “locks in” the lifter forcing them to use better overall form.

Below is a newspaper clipping from the 2006 Iowa Open State Powerlifting Championships where these lifters were competing with a Trap Bar: