Best Suited For Pull-Ups, Deadlifts & Bench Press.
Thick bar training has been around for decades. Old-time strongmen used it to develop levels of size and strength that are virtually incomprehensible today.
Thick bars are simply barbells, dumbbells and pull-up bars with a thicker handle. Standard equipment usually has a 1 inch thick handle. Thick/fat bars usually have 1.75 to 2.75 inch thick handles.
Thick bar training originated because in the old days there was no real strength equipment available so lifters improvised with railway and truck axels as barbells.
Thick bar training simply means using a thick barbell, thick dumbbells and thick chin-up bar in your usual training program.
Today thick bar training is used almost exclusively by elite soldiers, pro athletes and champion bodybuilders because they know the secrets of how to train most effectiely and have the money to afford very expensive thick bars, thick-handled dumbbells and thick pull-up bars. A full set of all of these can cost many tens of thousands of dollars.
Many of the top coaches on the world highly recommend using thick bars: