Rogue Westside Power bar vs trap bar
This is a comparison of the Rogue Westside bar and the trap bar including pros, cons, and alternatives. Follow the links for more details
Overview and review of the Rogue Trap bar 1 & 2
This overview of the trap bar 1 & 2 was originally published in my comprehensive guide on which Rogue barbell to buy. If you are currently considering to buy a Rogue barbell it is worth a read to get input on the latest models. I update the guide on a yearly basis depending on Rogue's new releases.
Overview of the Rogue Trap bars
The trap bar 1 & 2
are their take on the trap bar
. Trap bars
are a great tool for Strongman competitors and powerlifters to get some stress of the posterior chain while still developing deadlift strength. Another application is farmer carries which makes it a very versatile strength tool.
The trap bar 1
comes in at 58lbs while the Trap bar 2
comes in at 60lb. The designs are also a good example of how Rogue
handles customer feedback. The first generation of these trap bars was very heavy. This has been remedied in the second generation which you can purchase now. The sleeves come in at 1.91 diameters which means you can use all standard plates from Rogue
with these speciality
The difference between the trap bar 1
and trap bar
2 is that you get a pair of extra handles in the more expensive version. I leave this to personal preference. I always found that these extra handles were in the way and rather a hindrance than a help. However, I am 185cm high. If you have taller athletes you might want to get the bar
which leaves your team/members with more options.
The production process of a Trap bar
involves several welding steps. With Rogue
, you can be sure that the production line knows what they are doing as Rogue
has the volume of purchases and passion which is needed for a good welding job. You can also be sure that someone in America did the weld job. This can not always be said of other speciality
bars in the market. It is unlikely that you will break a bar
, However, if the weld is poor, someone will take away substantial injuries if it breaks mid lift.
Pros of the trap bar
deadlifts a great addition to your training routine to get more deadlift volume in. You are putting less stress in your back as you would with the straight barbell. Especially if your gym has a lot of seasoned athletes consider a trap bar
to have more options to address their needs. If you have lots of space in your home gym this is a good purchase to cover some of the more Strongman reölated exercises.
Cons of the trap bar
The trap bar
takes a lot of space to store and train with. Most home gyms will not have the necessary space to do farmers walks and store it unless you actually own a farm. Many members in commercial gyms feel intimidated by the sheer size of a trap bar
and it will just sit there and gather dust. Take a hard look at the use case as this is one of these toys which look good when you purchase it and than
won't be used.#
The Rogue trap bars have a good finish and the new iteration has less weight to make it easier to use. Trap bars are a good addition to any powerlifting gym to get more volume in for the deadlift.
Review and Overview of the Rogue Westside Power bar
This overview of the Westside bar was originally published in my comprehensive guide on which Rogue barbell to buy. If you are currently considering to buy a Rogue barbell it is worth a read to get input on the latest models. I update the guide on a yearly basis depending on Rogue's new releases.
Overview of the westside power bar
The Westside bar
has been developed together with Louie Simmons which is not too far from his own gym. The Westside barbell
training facility is world famous for continuously producing some of the strongest powerlifters in the US and on an international level. The Westside method is a staple for strength coaches. The method is especially well tailored to lifters who compete with bench press shirts and squat and deadlifting suits.
The westside barbell
weighs in at 45lb with a diameter of 29mm. It can withstand 205K PSI tensile strength and connects the sleeves to the shaft via bushing. Rogue
offers a black zinc finish on shaft and coating. The knurling is powerlifting and the bar
has no whip. The loadable sleeve length is 16.25. There is no 20kg version available.
Westside bar pros
Westside bar cons
The black zinc finish is more open to corrosion than other finishes from Rogue
. It is also a powerlifting specific bar
and you might also have to buy an Ohio deadlift bar
to complete the set. Depending on your need the Matt Chan bar
retails at just a slightly higher price, has the same tensile strength and has a better whip. It all depends on your goals. If you want to do more than powerlifting this bar
is not ideal. If your main focus is the big three go for this one.
The westside bar is a great option when you are mainly focused on powerlifting and want to do the three big lifts. It is a bit more upmarket than the Ohio power bar and less expensive than the Rogue Ohio deadlift bar.