Hex bar deadlift vs. straight bar deadlift – which is better? The hex bar deadlift vs. straight bar deadlift debate has been around for a long time. The hex bar deadlift vs. straight bar deadlift thingy is controversial, or so some claim. Can the hex bar deadlift vs. straight bar deadlift debate be finally resolved one way or another? I think so, but I do not think it is actually going to happen any time soon. Why not? Because people will always have their own theories and opinions regardless of what science and common sense say on this subject.
Obviously, when it comes to deadlifting, there is no shortage of options out there. Each variation (think Romanian, sumo, hex bar, straight bar, stiff-legged, etc) has its own drawbacks and benefits. But when it comes to science, the facts speak for themselves. According to a recent study, deadlifting with a hex bar increases your one-rep max by a whooping 44 pounds. In addition, deadlifting with a hex bar is safer and easier to master.
That having been said, I do not think serious lifters should abandon the straight bar deadlift. Why not? Because there is more than enough room for both lifts. Variety is a good thing. The straight bar deadlift engages more muscle groups, which is an important thing for an overall development. There is no question that the straight bar deadlift, mechanically speaking, puts you in a disadvantaged position, but think about the real word implications. When you need to lift something very heavy off the ground, you cannot step into the middle of it to pick it up.