New Trap Bar Deadlift Personal Best

Posted on by Ben Bruno

This week I trap bar deadlifted 600×3. I’ve wanted to pull 600 for a long time, and based on some of my prior lifts and my other numbers I was very confident I could do it, but it’s one thing to think you can do it and another thing entirely to actually do it. So, I did it.

Was this the smartest thing to do? No, and I will be the very first to admit it. But it’s something I wanted to do so I gave it a rip. I pulled 600 once before but used questionable form, so here I tried my best to keep good form. It’s not picture perfect, but given the weight, I actually think it’s quite good.

I actually think I might have been able to squeeze out a fourth rep, but going into the set I had it in my head that I was going to shoot for three, so mentally I was done after the third. Plus, I’d rather quit while I’m still ahead than push it and regret it later. And to be honest, while the third rep looks pretty fast, it felt friggin’ hard and I’m not sure four would have been possible anyway.

I thought able maxing too, but as it stands I had to tie dumbbells to the bar to get to 600, and that’s a good benchmark in my mind, so I’ll take it.

Bear in mind that the trap bar is easier than the straight bar, so this is not the equivalent to a 600 pound deadlift. I have no clue what I could pull conventional (though I know it would be quite a bit less, especially since I never pull that way), and I had no plans to find out. I’m happy though.

I was also curious to see what I could do because for the past few years I’ve been doing a lot of unconventional strength exercises for my lower body to help spare my lower back, and while I already knew I’ve gotten stronger, I wanted to see how that strength carried over.

That being said, a day later I am reminded why I don’t pull heavy deadlifts anymore. I feel like I’d expect to feel if I got hit by a bus. So as much as I love pulling heavy, I’m going to continue training how I have been in more joint-friendly manner and rest assured that I’m still getting a lot stronger.

Have a great weekend!

  • http://twitter.com/TheBrianTabor Brian Tabor

    Those reps had great speed. No question about a 4th if ya wanted to. Nice work and congrats.

    • Ben Bruno

      Thanks Brian. Watching the video the 3rd rep looked pretty quick, and I think I MAY have been able to eek out a 4th, but it definitely harder than it looked so I’m not sure. Also, like I wrote, I had it in my head that I was going for 3, so after the 3rd I was done. Oh well! :)

  • Emily

    I have started back to deadlifting and am using the trap bar due to some hip issues. I am enjoying my new found strength. ;) Great work Ben!!!!

  • http://www.johnphung.com John Phung

    Congrats! Awesome lift…and awesome shirt!

  • Kaz

    You’ve got bass ball Ben! To do that after knowing what you (and I) have to go through after back surgery, …you’re crazy man!! haha

  • Kaz

    You’ve got BRASS BALLS Ben!! To do that after back surgery and all you go through after it,…you’re crazy! haha

  • Mike

    Nice work dude! Impressive!

  • Ben Bruno

    Thanks everyone! I really appreciate it.

  • Mihou

    Very impressive Ben!
    It is always a great motivation to see you training: iam following your steps.
    Keep it up.
    Mihou

  • strongguy

    i would be really interested in what sort of load you could do without a belt. think that would be a better indicator of true strength

  • Swole

    Where is your 1RM on that movement now? 700×1? Or close?