Trap Bars, also known as hex bars, are an incredible piece of equipment.
Perhaps you’ve started performing some trap bar deadlifts.
And you’re loving how much it better feels on your back.
As well as how much more weight you’re able to lift with the weight dispersed around you.
However, it’s got you wondering…
Is a hex bar actually the same weight as a normal barbell or are they different?
You’re wondering, actually how heavy is a trap bar?
A trap bar (or hex bar) weighs between 44lbs and 66lbs (20kg and 30kg) depending on the style, make and model. There are many factors that contribute to the overall weight of a trap bar or hex bar, so it’s important to check which one you’re using before you start calculating your total weight lifted.
Below, we have researched some of the most common makes of trap bar so that you can learn how heavy yours is and calculate the correct weight accordingly.
Let’s dive in.
Difference Between Trap Bar & Hex Bar
Before we start, there’s one thing I want to get clarified.
Many people get confused between trap bars and hex bars.
And want to know whether there’s a difference.
There is no difference between a trap bar and a hex bar, they are both terms used for the hexagonal shaped bar you use in weight lifting. Whether you use the term trap bar or hex bar depends on where you live in the world but refer to the exact same piece of equipment.
With that piece of information clarified, I will be using the phrase ‘trap bar’ throughout the remainder of this article for simplicity sake.
Trap Bar Weights & Models
You can see below that trap bars vary in weight between 44lbs and 66lbs when measuring in pounds. Or 20kg and 30kg when measuring in kilograms.
For simplicity sake, below we have only included 15 different makes of trap bar. In reality, there are hundreds, if not thousands of different makes and models of trap bar around the globe.
Therefore, if you want an accurate measure of how much you’re lifting.
We recommend figuring out what make/model your gym’s trap bar deadlift is.
You can out the brand by looking on the end of the deadlift or along one of the shafts.
And from there, visiting that specific company’s website to find out how heavy it is.
You shouldn’t assume that every trap bar is the same when you’re lifting at the gym.
If you still can’t find it, you can always ask a staff member at the gym and they should be able to retrieve this information.
Below are some of the most common trap bar models of trap bars and their corresponding weights, both in kilograms (kg) and pounds (lbs).
|Make||Weight (kg)||Weight (lbs)|
|Force USA Walkthrough||30kg||66lbs|
|Little Bloke Fitness||22kg||49lbs|
How Much Does an Open Trap Bar Weigh?
In more recent times, open trap or hex bars have been rising in popularity.
Open trap bars operate in the same way as a traditional trap bar, however, one of the sides of the hexagonal shape is taken away, allowing you to perform more exercises than you can with the former model.
For instance, you can now perform walking lunges or reverse lunges without hitting your shins on the trap bar.
But does an open trap bar weigh any less than a traditional trap bar?
And how much does an open trap bar actually weigh?
An open trap bar or open hex bar weighs between 41lbs and 66lbs (18.5kg and 30kg) depending on the style, make and model. There are many factors that contribute to the overall weight of an open trap bar or hex bar, so it’s important to check which one you’re using before you start calculating your total weight lifted.
This makes them slightly less in weight (on average) than a typical trap bar.
In my experience, I’ve only found one brand of open trap bar (Iron Edge) that weighs less than 44lbs (20kg), which they refer to as their ‘Trap Bar 2.0’.
Therefore, you can safely assume that the majority of open trap bars weigh a similar weight to the rest of the traditional trap bar market.
Again, if you’re working with an unfamilar open trap bar, it’s always best to find out which specific make you’re using and look up it’s specific weight from there.
Is a Trap Bar 45lbs?
It’s completely fair enough to assume that a trap bar should weigh the same as a typical barbell.
In fact, when I first starting using a trap bar, I too calculated it as 45lbs or 20kg.
It’s also very easy to be misguided in this way, as trap bar deadlifts (the most common exercise they’re used for) actually allow you to lift more weight.
This can lead to an incorrect calculation of how much weight you’re lifting.
So do trap bars actually weigh 45lbs?
A trap bar or hex bar does not weigh 45lbs like a typical barbell does, in fact it can actually weigh anywhere between 44lbs and 66lbs (20kg and 30kg), depending on the make, model and type.
Make sure you check what make and model you’re working with before assuming it’s the same as a barbell.
Is Trap Bar Deadlift Harder than Straight Bar?
Deadlifts are perhaps the most common exercise the trap bar is known for.
And, personally – I love trap bar deadlifts.
The higher position of the handles helps me to get into a more comfortable position.
The easier grip on the handles allows me to lift more weight.
And having the weight dispersed around me places less strain on my lower back.
But which exercise is actually easier?
Is this just my opinion? Or is it factual?
When breaking down the question ‘is trap bar deadlift harder than straight bar’.
We need to address what is meant by the phrase harder.
If by harder you mean heavier, then if we take the average weight of a trap bar (25kg) compared to straight bar (20kg), yes it is harder.
However, due to the way a trap bar (hex bar) is designed, it actually allows you to lift more weight.
E.g. it reduced the range of motion required, improves your grip strength and disperses the weight around you instead of in front of you.
In this regard, traditional deadlifts are actually harder than trap bar deadlifts.
As a general rule, you should find that you are able to load more weight onto a trap bar deadlift than you will with a traditional deadlift.
What Is a Good Weight to Trap Bar Deadlift?
When you first transition to using a trap bar, it can be difficult to know what a ‘good’ or appropriate weight should be.
In reality, it can take a couple of sessions using a trap bar to get used to it, however, you should be able to lift significantly more compared to a conventional deadlift.
A good weight to trap bar deadlift will be between 8-15% more than a conventional deadlift. However, this number can depend on a number of factors, including your previous training, biomechanics and preferences.
For instance, a professional powerlifting who has been performing conventional deadlifts for decades might be much more highly trained in these lifts and can lift far more than a trap bar deadlift.
What Weight Should I Use When Starting to Trap Bar Deadlift?
It can be difficult to know what weight is right when you’re first using a trap bar.
As we’ve discussed, it’s important to consider that the bar alone can be as heavy as 30kg!
As a beginner, this can be significant amount of weight, so you want to get this right.
A good weight to start when trap bar deadlifting is with 2 x 2.5kg or 5kg, Olympic sized plates on either side of the bar. Using Olympic plates allows you to have the bar sitting at an appropriate height to pull.