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Anyone Use Fat Gripz?


#1

Anyone here use Fat Gripz or a thick bar for any movements?

Saw Jim recommend them a few times for Curls.

I’m thinking about buying some for my Curls, at least. Then playing around with using them for other stuff: Chins, pressing, DB Rows etc.


#2

I use fat Gripz for curls and even if my forearms aren’t growing so much, my grip strenght improved a lot.


#3

Fat gripz are awesome! Definitely worth buying.


#4

I use an Ironmind axle for all benching and pressing. I will occasionally rotate it in for deads.

Never cared for fat gripz. Mine just sit in my garage.


#5

Do you use the bar for a particular reason (grip strength, helps form, strongman) or just because you use it for supersets or something?

I don’t have access to an axle so fat Gripz on a regular bar could give me those benefits without needing the axle bar.

Also, do Fat Gripz fit easily on an EZ-Curl bar? I tend to use them for curling. Straight barbell gave me forearm strain.


#6

A small consideration with fat gripz on the bench is that if you bring the bar to your chest the grips actually provide a teeny-tiny camber effect, in that they lower your hands about 1/4-1-2” from where they would normally be.

I have a pair but as others have said I just don’t find myself using them for whatever reason. They don’t quite fit my dumbbell which is where i’d Probably use them the most


#7

Currently using them for barbell curls and like what I’m feeling in my forearms.


#8

They fit, but i personally didn’t like it, because it felt kind of wrong at my wrist. Way better with a straight bar. Just try and see how it feels for you. If it doesn’t work out well, try dumbbell curls.


#9

I have them and like them. I use them for reverse curls, farmer’s walks with dumb bells, and occasionally barbell pressing movements. They don’t get a huge amount of use, but they are cost-effective enough that I would buy them again for sure.


#10

I don’t really need extra grip work, but I love my Fat Gripz for pressing movements. Keeps my wrists and elbows happy.


#11

I like it for pressing because it’s easier on my elbows. Wider diameter further displaces weight. For deadlifts, it’s just for variety’s sake, and it makes me a little stronger off the floor.

I don’t find fat gripz give those benefits. The idea is sound, but the execution is poor. They tend to slide around on a barbell, and for benching and pressing they create a camber (unless you place an additional one at the center of the barbell), which can put some strain on the shoulders.

I DO use the axle for curls, just not as part of 5/3/1.