Hex bars may look strange and bulky, but the benefits of a hex bar will far outweigh any doubts you might have.
Hex bars are modified barbells, with open hexagonal centers where you stand in the middle, housing handles on each side.
They allow you to do deadlifts and squats, exercises you may not be able to do otherwise, due to the ergonomics of a standard barbell or different types of injuries.
Hex bars let people with back problems perform squats without putting strain on the back and shoulders.
Because hex bar squats use the same motion as standard barbell squats, they activate the same muscle groups.
The hex bar's design forces you to step inside it rather than behind it.
This significantly reduces the amount of sheer force on the spine when performing certain movements.