A barbell is just a tool!
It is not the be-all-end-all for training.
Don’t get married to it!
Don’t get married to just one training tool.
Too many people think the only way to train is with the barbell.
Just like you have kettlebell worshipers, cardio connoisseurs, group class junkies.
You have the people married to the barbell.
You hear things like…
“If you don’t use a barbell it doesn’t count”
“You have to use the barbell for benching, squatting, and deadlift”
These things are not true.
Don’t get me wrong the barbell can be a great tool!
But it isn’t for everyone.
And you don’t have to use it to get great results.
Can it get you great results?
But you need to make sure you are ready to use it.
You have to earn the right to use it.
Master movements before loading a heavy barbell.
The straight bar can also cause pain for certain people.
For example, the majority of people should not straight bar deadlift from the floor.
Or, does a barbell back squat hurt your low back?
Then don’t use the barbell for those movements.
Find a different tool that allows you to progress and lift heavy pain-free.
Are you married to the barbell?
Is your body feeling banged up and injured?
Let me know in the comments.
It is ok to let go of the barbell and find a new tool to train these movements even if that meathead powerlifter in the gym tells you that your lifts don’t count if it isn’t with a straight bar.