Why We Stopped Barbell Deadlifting

We’ve been in the fitness game for a while, and over the years, we’ve seen countless people swear by conventional barbell deadlifts, claiming that a program isn’t complete without them. But here’s the thing: Brandon and I have taken a different route (and for good reason too).

My Experience:
Back in the day, I was all about powerlifting. But as time went on, I realized that the conventional deadlift wasn’t as functional for sports as I once believed. I remember using a mixed grip, thinking it was the best way to lift those heavy weights. But over time, this led to muscular imbalances and a rotated posture that I’m still working on correcting. Looking back, I wish I had known about the alternatives sooner.

Brandon’s Perspective:
Now, let’s talk about Brandon. He’s not just my business partner; he’s also a black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. His main goal in the gym? Strengthening his hips for his sport and ensuring he stays injury-free. While many stick to barbells because that’s the “traditional” way, Brandon introduced me to the hex bar. And let me tell you, it’s been a game-changer. It’s helped both of us avoid imbalances and maintain proper posture.

Hex Bar vs. Barbell Deadlift:
So, why the hex bar? Brandon and I have spent hours discussing the benefits:

  • Natural Hand Position: The hex bar feels more intuitive, aligning naturally with our grip.
  • Alignment with Center of Mass: Unlike the barbell, the hex bar seems to work in harmony with our body’s center of mass.
  • Technique: It’s simpler, more straightforward, and doesn’t demand the technical prowess that a barbell does.

We’ve come to realize that while the barbell deadlift is iconic in powerlifting, it might not be the universal solution many believe it to be.

Hip and Back Positioning:
Brandon and I have also compared our experiences with the biomechanics of the two deadlift styles. With a barbell, it’s a challenge to keep that spine neutral. But with the hex bar? It feels like it naturally promotes a better hip position and a more aligned spine. It’s been a safer and more comfortable experience for both of us.

Our journey at Kraken Fitness has taught us one thing: tradition doesn’t dictate effectiveness. While conventional deadlifts have their place, they aren’t the only way to achieve results in the gym. It’s essential to adapt, evolve, and find what aligns with your personal training goals.

In essence, while the barbell deadlift is a classic, it might not be the best fit for everyone. At Kraken Fitness, we believe in exploring, adapting, and ensuring that our training methods suit our unique needs.

So, if you’re ever in Burnaby and curious about the hex bar or just want to chat about fitness, drop by Kraken Fitness. Brandon and I would love to share our experiences and maybe introduce you to a new way of lifting!