What is a "Deadlift" bar and why would you need one?
If you are really serious about your lifting, and moving some serious weight, like deadlifts of 600 lbs, 700 lbs, 800 lbs, or even more, a deadlift bar may be perfect for you.
StrongArm Deadlift bars are:
- More flexible than a regular power bar. Deadlifting on a regular bar means pulling from a "dead" start, in other words, from zero to 100% of the weight all at once. With a more flexible bar though, the centre of the bar will rise 3 or 4 inches before the weights start to lift, and when they do the plates that are on the inside will lift first, moving towards the outer edge. The result of this is a smoother, more progressive acceleration of the weight, allowing you to lift more actual weight. Most lifters that use a deadlift bar will tell you that they can pull 40 or 50 lbs more with a deadlift bar compared to a standard power bar.
- Thinner than a regular power bar. Most power bars are 29 or 30 mm, a StrongArm deadlift bar is 27 mm. This thinness contributes to the flexibility, and also lets you get more of your hands and fingers around the bar. Particularly important of you use the double overhand "hook" grip.
- Longer sleeves than a regular bar. The longer sleeves allow for more weight to be put on, especially necessary if you are using gym plates, that tend to be wider than competition plates. The long shaft also contributes to the progressive pull that the DL bar is known for.
- Knurling tend to come in two varieties, small, fine points, with sharp tips, or large points with flat tips, (sometimes a bit concave, "volcano" shaped. When we designed our DL bars we told the manufacturer we wanted the best of both worlds, large points, sharply tipped.
Here's a closeup:
- Custom made to our specifications, not an off-the-shelf bar.
- Made of Chromium alloy steel. Chromium allow is designed to add hardness to steel.
- Bar weight is 20 kg.
- Finish is bare steel on the shaft, with Chrome sleeves.
"Conventional" or "Sumo"?
The Conventional bar is best for those that deadlift with their hands outside their legs, on the outer knurling. and the smooth part contacting your legs.
The Sumo bar is our own innovation, it has knurling 18" wide in the middle, where your hands will grip, and no knurling outside of that, where the bar will slide up your legs.
Want to keep that new bar looking and feeling new? Use StrongBar barbell lubricant and rust protectant on it!
$26.95 a bottle. (including shipping)
For $379 including shipping you won't find a better bar for deadlifting than ours.
Below is a review of the bar.
The raw deadlift bar is everything it is promised to be; nice, aggressive knurling too. Obviously very well made and lightning-fast shipping.
This deadlift bar is really nice for the money. It was priced better than some of the other major competitor's bars but is on par with them quality-wise. Free shipping made this purchase an easy choice for me vs the other options from a total cost perspective. The knurling is sharp and consistent and the sleeves and caps are finished nicely. The bar is uncoated steel but rust is not a problem where I live so it works great for me. The whip in the bar is noticeable and the flex is just slightly apparent starting at about 300lbs. Great bar, great company, great product for the price.