Fat Grips Rant Continued.
By Vishwa on Training
October 25, 2010
Thick bar training builds tremendous strength and size all over the body. We are lucky to train with fat grips which exactly replicates what a thick bar accomplishes. Imagine exercising with fat grips on workouts such as deadlift, clean and press, bench press, bicep curl, and farmers walk. It is definitely not making the world easy for us. It extremely challenges our body to complete the lift. For example, I tried executing slightly wide grip deadlifts with the fat grip on, and my poundages slumped when compared to my deadlift on an Olympic bar, which measures 1″ or 11/16″; whereas, when the fat grips are on, the bar easily scales more than 2″.
Hands are what is required for a stronger lift. You require stronger grip to exercise any movement you could name except squat I believe. Thick bar (fat grip) imposes a tremendous burden on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. When your body is forced to perform difficult exercises, for example exercises based on fat grips, your muscles, tendons, and ligaments battle to complete the task, and in turn your body responds by developing much stronger muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Thick bars are also terrific for strengthening the forearms, wrists, thumbs and fingers; all in all, it helps in building an extremely powerful body which you will be proud to possess. In addition, there is a carryover effect in performing thick bar workouts. Goerge Jowett, old-time strongman, who was well known for his ability in lifting odd objects had stated in Iron man magazine dated September 1972 that lifting thick bars will help enormously in overhead lifting too.