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- A great ego-builder for the deadlift
I haven’t had the pleasure to try the Texas deadlift bar, but I have 10 plus years of lifting experience and my favorite lift is the deadlift.
When I built my home-gym I bought myself a Eleiko powerlifting barbell to use for the big three lifts. I love that sturdy, stiff and robust bar. However - It killed my ego in the deadlift due to the stiffness. Back when I trained in local gyms they always had a softer, cheaper barbell that flexed. That way the weight came gradually. With the Eleiko I failed more regularly in the start. This lead to me losing the hope of ever seen progress in the deadlift again.
With this bar I get that soft start, but with a good knurling. Yes, the “mild” knurling on this bar is actually quite sharp - Near to being aggressive. I would say that it’s just right for a good grip without tearing callouses.
The downside as a conventional puller is that the sharp knurling on the deadlift bastard bar starts closer to the center compared to a regular powerlifting barbell. I recon that sumo pullers might enjoy that feature, but as a conventional puller that means more risk of road rash on my shins.
After owning it for a couple of weeks I love this bar, and I am hopeful that I will finally reach a 300 kg pull with the help of this one!
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