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