The Trap Bar HD




  • Due to increased demand, please allow up to 6-7 weeks for order shipping and fulfillment as we ramp up our production capacity.
  • UPDATE: At the moment, we don't anticipate delays due to coronavirus and the published lead time above is accurate as of today. Our manufacturing/production facility as well as our vendors are still operational. For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the official White House or CDC site.
  • Purchase additional handles here and brackets here.
  • This bar cannot be shipped to an APO address, please use a physical address for delivery.

Bar Specs  


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Variable Handle Width

The Trap Bar HD features an industry first variable handle system that allows for a 23", 25", or 27" intra-handle width using swappable handle brackets. The standard bar includes 25" brackets and customers can use the checkboxes above to add a wider (27" width) or narrower (23" width) handle brackets. 


Bar Jack

The age-old struggle of loading and unloading plates from your trusty trap bar is over. We are proud to introduce a simple, effortless solution - the built-in bar jack. Our design features 2x inch-thick "legs" with tread to provide grip and stability when the bar is positioned in a vertical orientation for easy loading/unloading. We designed The Trap Bar to allow for an effortless transition from horizontal to vertical position, requiring minimal effort and taking advantage of human kind's earliest discovery - the lever. 


Swappable Grips

An industry-first, The Trap Bar by default comes with two sets of machined, knurled grips finished in bright zinc. The grips are easily swappable for your specific training need. To add the 2" Love Handles, or extra pairs of 1" and 1.5" grips to your cart, please use the checkboxes at the top of the page. Additional handles may be purchased here.


  • Included: 1" Set (26mm)
  • Included: 1.5" Set (38mm)
  • Optional: 2" Love Handle Set (51mm)



The Love Handles

Another industry first, the 2" Love Handles are an optional add-on for The Trap Bar that allows for both rolling (the grip will spin freely) or fixed usage. Each set of Love Handles includes adapters to allow for both rolling and fixed use.


Balanced Design

Visualize a regular trap bar with the low handles (see illustration). The bar is a flat plane, stretching out in the X and Z axis. The handles are typically positioned at the center of mass (COM) and center of rotation (COR), so that if the bar was centrally fixed on two points along the X axis, where the handles are, it would be balanced (assuming its weight distribution is even along the Z axis. In theory, if you hold a regular trap bar perfectly on-center using the low handles, it should feel balanced. Practically speaking, the low handles always feel inherently unstable due to the bar's inclination to dive one direction or another like a teeter-tooter - forcing the lifter to self-balance using their wrists. The higher handles don't have this problem, and the bar is much more difficult to rotate forwards or backwards. For an extreme example of instability, imagine deadlifting on a trap bar with the high-handles, but upside down resulting in the fulcrum, or center of rotation, point being 6" below the center of mass. Any minor shift or movement, and that bar is going to rotate and fall right out of your hands.

Our simple solution on The Trap Bar was to introduce a minor 1/2" vertical offset for the low handles, placing them slightly higher than the centerline of the bar. This results in the same effect, but to a lesser extent, as the high-handles - the bar will have a tendency to return to center rather than dive forward or backwards. Think of a teeter-tooter - it's an inherently unbalanced mechanism just like a regular trap bar with low handles. Now, think of a swing - with the center of rotation much higher than the center of mass - it will always try to return to center.

Open Design

In an effort to make The Trap Bar as versatile of an implement as possible, we opted to open up one end of the bar while still ensuring it retains a fully-balanced design. This open design allows for much more variation beyond your standard deadlift, including loaded carries, split squats, RDLs, and lunges.  


Machined Sleeves

Unlike most trap/hex bars on the market, The Trap Bar features machined and zinc-plated sleeves with 17" of loadable space. To cut costs, many trap bars use off-the-shelf DOM tubing whose diameter is less than a standard olympic sleeve, resulting in them being incompatible with all standard collars. Another side effect of this is that plates fit very loosely on the under-sized sleeves, resulting in lots of shifting, movement, and clanging of the plates. 


Our sleeves are machined to tight tolerances like any other standard barbell, allowing for a snug fit for plates and compatibility with all standard barbell collars. The Trap Bar HD sleeves are detachable which allows for a compact design and reduced shipping rates.


American Manufacturing

The Trap Bar is fabricated, manufactured, and assembled in-house at Kabuki Strength Lab, our dual-purpose training space and manufacturing facility in the beautiful Pacific Northwest city of Portland, Oregon. Each bar includes a hand-signed card by the Kabuki Strength employee who assembled it.


Team and Commercial Sales

If you are interested in outfitting your weight room or facility with Kabuki Strength equipment, please visit our Team Sales page and fill out a short form to be contacted by our sales staff!


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Ask a Question
  • Are the brackets also swappable? Or fixed based on width ordered? Thanks

    The brackets for the Trap Bar HD are swappable!

  • If we’re local to Portland, can we pickup our order rather than having it shipped?

    Yes, may of the items in our online store can be picked up at The Lab, rather than having it shipped.  You will need to let us know that you'd like to pick it up in person under the section called, 'Order Notes', when placing your order.  Please list your email address & telephone number there, as well.  Once your item(s) is ready, we will contact you to schedule a time for pick up.  Our system will still charge shipping at the time of purchase, but we will refund that to your original form of payment as soon as the product is in your hands.

  • Are you shipping this to india?

    We utilize UPS for the international shipping for our bars, so if UPS delivers to your area, the answer is yes.  The best way to find out is to add the item to your online cart, then enter your shipping address.  At that time, our site will auto-populate with all shipping options to that location.  Most of our international customers prefer to use UPS's Worldwide Expedited Shipping, since it also covers customs brokerage fees.

  • Did you replace the Kabuki Trap Bar I bought a couple of months ago with the Kabuki Trap Bar HD? Is the original trap bar defective?

    The original Trap Bar is definitely not defective, which I'm sure you have noticed during use.  We simply made a few changes to the bar to make it less expensive to ship and easier for youth and larger sized athletes to use.

  • wanted to order 2 sets of fat/love handles. is there a way to only order those????

    Yes, you have to go through our customer service desk @ usually, but I've created an invoice and just emailed it to you.  Make sure the shipping address is correct & make payment when you are ready!  ~Charlie

  • How wide is the opening that you stand in...the space between the handles?

    It depends on which handles you are using.  There is roughly 23.5 inches of space between 1.5 inch handles.  Add or subtract .5 inches to get the space between the other two handle sizes & let us know if you have any other questions!

  • Can we pick one up in Portland?

    You are very welcome to pick up most of our items at The Lab.  When you are placing your order online, let us know you'd like to pick it up in person in the 'Order Notes' section and list your email and telephone number.  Once your bar/product has been produced and is ready for pick up, we will contact you to set up a time to do so.  Our order system will still charge shipping at the time of the transaction, but we will refund that as soon as you pick up your bar!

  • Is this available to Australians? Would love to get one!!

    Yes, this bar is definitely able to be shipped to Australia.  If you would like a quote for shipping, just email us the full address to

  • What benefit does the rolling grip provide? I don't see where any wrist flexion/extension would come in requiring the handle to roll like a normal barbell . Does it make any movements easier? Thanks!

    Rolling grips challenge your grip strength, more than anything. Because you are forced to press equally with your thumb vs your other fingers, it makes it much more likely for the bar to slip out of your hands.  Strongman and different strength sport competitors like this option for improving grip strength.

  • What's the max load rating?

    The bar capacity is 1,200lbs and the bar jack capacity is 800lbs.  Therefore, if you are going to load it with more than 800lbs, you will need to load the bar the traditional way without using the jacks.

  • Hello, How much would it cost to ship the trap bar to Australia, postcode 3013? Thank you. Cheers, Will

    In order to provide an exact shipping quote, you will need to email us your full address to  Or, you can fill out the address portion of your order, selecting UPS Worldwide Expedited Shipping, which is our only option for overseas shipping, and it will tell you there.

  • Is this bar rackable? I didn't see a dimension that would indicate that it is. Would love to be able to press with this.

    The Trap Bar was not designed to fit in a rack.  However, you may use a vertical rack for storage.

  • Are you shipping this to europa?

    Yes, we can ship the Trap Bar to Europe.  Please select UPS Worldwide Expedited shipping at check out.

  • This bar looks incredible. Can I rack it? Will it fit in j-cups? And I'm assuming that it's balanced from front to back? The bar jack is balanced with the bar in front?

    The Trap Bar will not fit in a standard rack.

  • Are the included handles rolling or fixed?

    The handles that are included are fixed, but we do have a rolling handle option with the 2 inch handles.  Options are listed on the product page.

  • Will there be financing available for The Trap Bar?

    Unfortunately, we are unable to offer financing through Klarna at this time.  We will let everyone know if this changes going forward.

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