" I absolutely do not have the patience to learn proper deadlift form… so I have ordered myself a trap bar"
@kevstraining I’ll just say one more time that if you think lifting with a trap bar is safer for your back (or whatever muscle group) I think you’re wrong! So do proceed with caution.
Also, I will add that despite my enthusiasm for the lift, I’ve been known to say that the RISK of deadlift-like motions is not worth the BENEFIT for cyclists. Once upon a time I was advised by an elite (as elite as you can be!) WSM competitor that the risk of deadlifting was not worth the benefit for strongman competitors, either.
I don’t know about that last bit but FOR SURE you can get 100% of the benefit of weightlifting for cycling without deadlifting.
Once had this discussion with some powerlifter buds and they were explaining that people were afraid of the deadlift because they didn’t know how to do it & they had their heads all pumped full of air by exercise scientists who didn’t understand the deadlift…etc. So I asked for a show of hands…how many people here have been injured while deadlifting?
Silence. Plates clanking. More silence. ‘Eff you. This is why nobody likes talking to you.’ A point which I had to concede. But a point that I won’t concede is that deadlifting can lead to injury. I don’t think the small risk of injury associated with the movement justifies the cycling gains you’ll get from it.
But I still deadlift a couple times a week. I like me some deadlifts.