Hex bars, aka trap bars, are becoming more widely used. Popular hex bar exercises include hex or trap bar deadlifts and hex bar shrugs.
But how much does a hex bar weigh? Accurately tracking your weights is essential for progressive overload, especially if your goal is hypertrophy. But without knowing the hex bar weight before adding weight plates, it is hard to precisely track weights over time.
Unfortunately, the weight of a hex bar (or trap bar) differs between various makes and models. Your gym’s brand and type of hex bar will determine its weight.
We’ll review some of the most commonly used hex bars and describe how much they weigh, so you can more accurately track your lifts in the gym.
Table of Contents
- 1 How Much Does a Hex Bar Weigh?
- 2 Hex Bar vs. Trap Bar: What’s the Difference?
- 3 The Weight of Popular Hex Bars
- 3.1 ACFT Trap Bar
- 3.2 CAP Barbell Olympic Trap Bar
- 3.3 Rogue TB-2 Trap Bar
- 3.4 Bells of Steel Industrial Trap Bar
- 3.5 Titan Fitness Olympic Hex Bar
- 3.6 BalanceFrom Olympic 2″ Hex Bar
- 3.7 Force USA Hex Bar
- 3.8 Hammer Strength Hex Bar
- 3.9 Sumo Strength Trap Bar
- 3.10 Iron Edge Chrome Trap Bar
- 3.11 Alphafit Hex Deadlift Barbell
- 4 Summary: How Much Does a Hex Bar Weigh?
How Much Does a Hex Bar Weigh?
Hex bars weigh between 44 lbs (20kgs) and 80 lbs (36kg). Unlike standard Olympic straight barbells, hex bar weight is not standardized. The exact weight of a hex bar varies based on the make and model.
Although hex bars generally fall within a certain weight range, some makes and models offer lightweight bars, and others have heavier hex bars with longer handles or additional features which increase their weight.
Hex Bar vs. Trap Bar: What’s the Difference?
The hex bar and the trap bar are the same pieces of equipment. Al Gerard, an engineer, and Powerlifter from North Carolina, invented the hex bar in the mid-1980s to train his legs without straining his lower back. Since its conception, it has become increasingly popular.
Many lifters prefer the hex bar deadlift over the straight bar deadlift. Hex or trap bar deadlifts position the weight closer to your center of gravity. Some find they can lift heavier weights on the hex bar deadlift than conventional deadlifts without straining their back.
People started referring to the hex bar as a ‘trap bar’ because of its popularity for performing trapezius shrugs. Whether you call it a hex bar or a trap bar depends on where you live and the make and model you use.
The Weight of Popular Hex Bars
ACFT Trap Bar
The Army Combat Fitness Test (ACF) includes a 3-repetition maximum hex deadlift (MDL) as one of their fitness tests. The exact make and model used may vary but it must always weigh 60 pounds (27.2kg).
CAP Barbell Olympic Trap Bar
CAP Barbell offers a range of different hex bars with varying grips. The weight of CAP trap bars depends on the type of grip. The various CAP Barbell Olympic Trap Bars and their weights are listed below.
- Combo grips hex bar: 52 lb / 23.6kg
- Combo neutral grips hex bar: 75 lb / 34kg
- Flush neutral grips hex bar: 46 lb / 20.9kg
- Raised grips hex bar: 46 lb / 20.9kg
Rogue TB-2 Trap Bar
The Rogue Fitness TB-2 Trap Bar weighs 60 lb (27.2kg). However, this is a 25% weight reduction from their original trap bar, which weighed 75 lb (34kg).
Bells of Steel Industrial Trap Bar
The Bells of Steel Industrial Trap/Hex Bar weighs 80 lbs (36.3kg).
Titan Fitness Olympic Hex Bar
The Titan Fitness Olympic Hex Bar weighs 44 lbs (20kg).
BalanceFrom Olympic 2″ Hex Bar
The BalanceFrom Olympic Hex Bar weighs 45 lbs (20.4kg).
Force USA Hex Bar
Hammer Strength Hex Bar
The Hammer Strength Hex Bar weight is 60 lb (27.2kg).
Sumo Strength Trap Bar
The Sumo Strength Trap Bar weighs 66 lb (30 kg).
Iron Edge Chrome Trap Bar
The Iron Edge Chrome Trap Bar weight is 50 lb (22.7kg)
Alphafit Hex Deadlift Barbell
The Alphafit Hex Deadlift Barbell weighs 50 lb (22.7kg)
Summary: How Much Does a Hex Bar Weigh?
Knowing how much your hex bar weighs helps to track your lifts and keep progressing in the gym. Unlike standard straight deadlift barbells, which are typically 45 lb (20kg) for a 7ft Olympic bar, there is no standard weight for hex bars. Most hex bars weigh between 80 lbs (36kg) and 44 lbs (20kgs).
There are many different makes and models of hex bars. They all have different weights. However, you can broadly categorize them into different types of hex or trap bars. If you aren’t sure of the exact model or make of the hex bar you are using, understanding the different types might help you make an accurate estimate.
|Hex Bar Type||Common Hex Bar Weight Range|
|Standard Hex Bar||44-45 lb (20 kg)|
|Raised Handle Hex Bar||50-55 lb (22 – 25 kg)|
|Heavy Duty Hex Bar||60 – 80 lb (27.2 – 36.3 kg)|
|Multi-Handle Hex Bar||60 – 65 lbs (27.2 – 29.5 kg)|
|Open Back (Walkthrough) Hex Bar||65 – 77 lbs (30 – 35 kg)|
|Lightweight Hex Bar||30 – 45 lbs (13 – 20 kg)|
If you’re unsure and want to be more precise with tracking your weights, don’t be shy to ask your gym staff to check which make and model of hex or trap bar they use.