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Fat Gripz and Thick Bars


#1

Hi CT

Do you still ever train with fat bars? What main benefits would you say lifting with fat bars is? Unfortunately my gym doesn’t have any thick bars so I was thinking about getting fat gripz handles, any experience with these? Are they an adequate supplement for a full length thick bar?

Pressing with a fat bar is so much easier on my shoulders and I seem to get a much better muscle connection so I really want to utilise them.

Thanks CT


#2

Yes I prefer pressing with a fat bar. As you mention, easier on the shoulders. The Fat Gripz might even be better than a regular fat bar for the bench press because it gives you about 0.5" more in range of motion versus a fat bar.

I also like fat gripz/fat bar for curls, seems to be even better for biceps but I don’t like it for pulls and rows unless specifically using it for grip strength and not back development.


#3

I have used them . They are great for pressing but just make you use a powerrack like it says on the packet.
I nearly dropped one once.