Personal trainer Ben Bruno has worked with a wide range of celebrity clients, from star athletes like Giancarlo Stanton to comedians like Chelsea Handler. One of Bruno’s longtime clients is model and actress Kate Upton, and he frequently shares clips from their sessions, showing off the impressive strength gains she’s made.
In their latest workout video on Instagram, Bruno hailed the progress Upton has made since they started training together, recalling how reluctant she was at first to lift heavy weights, but is now eager. take on new challenges in bodybuilding.
“[Kate Upton] has come a long way in the gym,” Bruno wrote. “She used to be very worried about lifting heavy weights, but now she’s the one asking me to increase the weight. Strength training does wonders for the body and mind. I like to see the transformation. Here she crushes the trap bar deadlifts – which might be my favorite overall exercise – as well as the trap bar deadlifts in a staggered position, which is a variation we often do to skew a leg. at a time. If you have a trap bar, try it.”
Trap bar deadlifts are a popular version of the classic compound movement: the technique of lifting the weight via handles at your side rather than holding the bar in front of you requires less adjustment and can be a good way to access the elevator for beginners.
“It will be much easier and much more natural for you to pick up in the trap bar,” says men’s health fitness director Ebenezer Samuel CSCS “You’re going to be able to get explosive with this, use it for power and still move a heavy load.”
As with any deadlift, it is important when training with a trap bar to know what posture and position is right for you. Align your shins with the center of the trap bar, keeping the weight in front of you. At the start of the lift, push your glutes back and bend your knees before approaching the bar and getting a firm grip.
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the UK covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.