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Old 06-19-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
Ted Lavarias
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Pull up bar diameter causing hand tears?

I'm thinking about installing a 2" diameter pull up bar instead of the standard 1.25". My only concern is if anybody has noticed more or less hand tears on the fat pull up bar vs the thinner one? I've read the CF Journal article about the benefits of fat bar training, but want to make sure it won't cause any other unexpected problems or issues if I do the switch, whether it be hand tears or anything else people have experienced when switching to a fat bar.
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:53 PM   #2
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Re: Pull up bar diameter causing hand tears?

Do you chalk when you do pull-ups? That for me seems to be the culprit for tears. I now only chalk when doing heavy deadlifts.

I have both a 2" bar and 1.25" bar. Pretty tough doing a lot of volume on the 2" bar. I typically use that for dead hang grip work. So no issue with tearing. It has Rogue's signature powder coating plenty of grip.
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:18 PM   #3
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Re: Pull up bar diameter causing hand tears?

Any issues with doing bar muscle ups on the fat bar?
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:44 PM   #4
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Re: Pull up bar diameter causing hand tears?

I've never tried - my ceiling isn't tall enough with my S2 not to mention I'm asking for trouble trying to do it with the skinny bar mounted right above it...

I don't see why you couldn't - would take more effort just like everything does with a larger diameter bar.
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Re: Pull up bar diameter causing hand tears?

I personally like a 1.5" bar for pull-ups the best
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