The deadlift is the ultimate test of overall body strength. While the main way to do deadlifts is using a standard Olympic bar, more guys today are doing deadlifts using the hex bar, which is a hexagon-shaped bar that you stand in the middle of. It’s often referred to as a “trap bar,” since many bodybuilders do shrugs with it.
The barbell deadlift is the proper way to perform the deadlift. That’s how it’s performed in competitions, so do deadlifts the way the pros do them.