The Trap Bar -- And Some Armchair Expert Advice
A few years back, I was at the National Strength Coaches Convention and if you've ever been at the NSCA, you know that on the convention floor they have all the "latest and greatest" pieces of equipment.
One of the pieces of equipment that I tried was an interesting looking incline bench which docked into a power rack etc etc, now, the thing of it was in the area of the rack where the bar rested, there was a giant bolt at the attachment point which was just above the bar cradle.
So, when you did your incline pressing and went to put the bar back, you had to move the bar around these bolts, instead of straight down which complicated the process.
My interpretation was that this contraption was put together by an engineer who didnt know how to train or actually train with it -- and it was confirmed when I talked to some of the guys in the booth.
-- It was a worthy attempt -- but training equipment designed by people who dont train is "problematic" - to say the least, and when YOU train, you can spot this type of issue right away or at least you should be able to.
Now, there's been some recent grumbling about the Gerard Trap Bar -- some folks that are flapping their gums about it being "too small" -- about the handles not being wide enough, about the handles being too small etc etc. and blah blah blah.
Keep in mind that our manufacturer can build anything to any spec we want, so, if any of those issues were, in fact, issues, we could make whatever adjustments are necessary.
However, I train with the Trap Bar, and so has Dr. Ken, and Brooks Kubik, and so do thousands of other people in the world over the last two+ decades, and I have yet to hear any of those issues from anybody -- anybody who actually trains with one --
So, the only conclusion that I can draw is that anyone who claims there are such issues, doesn't actually train -- another arm chair expert. And if you don't think so, ask 'em yourself -- see what their last workout was with it, see how much progress they have made from it (or any exercise), and ask why they would make such claims in the first place.
I would hope that you would'nt ever think of taking any training advice from anyone who doesnt train, but there are people out there who evidently do.
Meanwhile, several hundred people are currently training with the *New* Trap Bar and making big gains, (myself included) and there are many more yet to come.
If you want to add your name to the long list, here's the quickest way to do so: Order a Gerard Trap Bar
On the site so far we have all kinds of pictures illustrating exactly *what* the Trap Bar is all about -- how much it will hold, the finish, the knurling, the exercises etc, and we will have some videos shortly further illustrating said points. Every aspect of the *NEW* Trap Bar was chosen for a reason: the shape, the material, the finish, the knurling -- there is nothing "random" about them. They were all chosen because they were the best possible choice of alll the other choices out there, so to train with anything else would be a compromise.
But I urge you not to take my word for it, see it for yourself and make up your own mind...
And, of course, if you want ANY custom option, we would be happy to make it happen for you.
As always, if you have any questions or need anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us, and oh, by the way, tonight I'll be doing my usual 5 sets of 2 with the Trap Bar in the deadlift -- I'm up 20 pounds since the summer started -- with some shrugs and rows thrown in for good measure.