Deficit Trap Bar Love

I totally dig what Mark Rippetoe is saying here.  I truly do.

And yet….

I love the trap bar.  It has served me well, and I think it’s a great tool.

So the question you have to ask is this: what’s your ultimate goal?

If your goal is to deadlift as much as possible with a *barbell*, then I think Mark is (mostly) spot on. 

But if the goal is to be an all-’round strong and functional human being, then the trap bar is just another tool in the toolbox.

Would a rock be useless?  A tree trunk? Any manner of strongman implement? One might ask: what came first, the human or the barbell?  Or any tool for that matter.

There are no “bad” exercises (or tools), only bad applications.

Critical thinking. N=1 experimentation. Take what is useful; discard what is not.

Talk soon –
Keith


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Keith Norris is a former standout athlete, a military vet, and an elite strength and conditioning expert with over 35 years of in-the-trenches experience. As a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, he is an owner, co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the largest Paleo conference in the world, Paleo f(x) . As well, Keith is a partner in one of the most innovative lines of boutique training studios in the nation, Efficient Exercise. He’s also a partner in ARXFit training equipment, and a founding member of ID Life. In his spare time, he authors one of the top fitness blogs in the health and wellness sphere, Theory To Practice.

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