Fat Gripz - Fat Grips FAQs

Fat Gripz are a unique invention that fit around regular barbells, dumbbells, pull-up bars, chin-up bars and cable attachments instantly converting them into thick bars / fat bars / axle bars. They have been used by members of the US Special Forces, British Marine Commandos, NFL teams, top UFC fighters, champion powerlifters and top bodybuilders. They have also been featured in Men's Health Magazine, Men's Fitness magazine, Ironman magazine, Flex magazine, Maximum Fitness magazine, Muscular Development magazine and the New York Times #1 Best Seller, The 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss.

    Fat Gripz work by instantly convert barbells, dumbbells, chin-up bars and exercise machines handles into THICK BARS. Thick Bars (and Fat Gripz) work for many reasons including:

    • Increased muscle activation - thicker handles stimulate much more muscle activation in the hands, forearms and biceps. This increased muscle activation leads to greater muscle and strength gains especially in the arms.
    • "Unlocking" muscle gains - thick bars make your hands, fingers and forearms so much stronger that your body can finally stop "holding back" the strength and muscle gains in your uppers arms, back and chest.
    • Complete training - thick bar training automatically trains your hands, fingers and forearms at all angles. If you are bench pressing, the thick bar will train your hands and forearms in a completely different way than if you are doing chin ups on a thick bar.
    • Natural movement - thick bars perfectly replicate the natural function of the human hand - lifting heavy, awkward objects.
    • Automatic training - thick bars means you are training your grip the whole time and you don't even need to do any extra exercises.
    • Concentration - thick bars are harder to handle so you need to concentrate a lot harder to lift the weight. Some credit this alone with making them significantly stronger.
    • Less imbalances and injuries - thick bars shift the stress off the joints and onto the muscles because a thick bar spreads the weight over a larger area.

    You will literally feel them working the very first time you use them, the weight will feel heavier. Most people who train with Fat Gripz find that their arms size and strength (in particular) increases noticeably and, as a result, their whole upper body grows. Think of it this way, the stronger your hands/grip are --> the stronger your biceps and triceps are --> the stronger your chest and back can get.

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    Simply pull them apart and fit them onto any barbell, dumbbell or cable attachment. Instructions are in every box and through the link at the bottom of our website. New users should also read this page

    Fat Gripz come in three sizes: Fat Gripz Pro 2.25" / 5.7cm outer diameter (the most popular, if in doubt start here), Fat Gripz One 1.75" / 4.5cm outer diameter and Fat Gripz Extreme 2.75" / 7cm outer diameter. See the FatGripz.com homepage for a size guide.

    No. Using a thick handled bar (Fat Gripz) is one of the best things you can do to build size and strength virtually incomprehensible to people who use regular bars. Keep in mind that you must still follow a sound training routine and ensure you are getting the proper nutrition. You should try and eat as natural and organic as possible so that your body will function at its best. Foods like organic grass fed beef and  organic whey protein are highly anabolic and will supply your body with the nutrients and protein necessary for muscle and strength gains.

      Fat Gripz Pros (2.25” diameter) are blue with black writing and we occasionally release a Special Edition Black Ops version that is black with blue writing. Fat Gripz Extreme (2.75” diameter) are orange with gray writing. Fat Gripz One (1.75" diameter) are black with orange writing or pink with purple writing.

      Thick bars are simply barbells, dumbbells and pull-up bars with a thicker diameter handle. A standard barbell, dumbbell, or chin-up bar typically has a handle with a diameter of about 1 inch. A thick bar will often have a diameter of more like 2.5 inches (some look more like truck axles) and if you've ever used you will know that it feels completely different.

      Yes! Of course, there is an inherent risk involved in using all exercise equipment but Fat Gripz have been designed with extreme care to ensure that they are as safe as possible. They also come with clear and detailed instructions for use which will help you to have a very safe and highly effective training experience.

      Many gyms are used by hundreds or thousands of people and the equipment is rarely cleaned, Fat Gripz can help by providing a type of physical barrier that you grab instead of the bar. 

      While they were not designed for this, we have heard from many people over the years that they have indeed helped with elbow and/or wrist pain associated with CTS or tendonitis.

      Fat Gripz are made from an ultra tough proprietary military-grade compound like rubber (you might be surprised at the weight and quality of them when you open the box). They have a slit down one side which allows them to be pulled open and slid easily onto the bar and then close tightly around it. They will not wear-out or compress and they are designed to be rock solid on the bar as if they re a part of it.

      No. The design and manufacture of Fat Gripz are the result of years of extensive testing and refinement by some of the best strength coaches in the world. The design, manufacture and materials used to make Fat Gripz have been tested and tweaked over and over until they were perfect for maximum effectiveness, usability, durability and safety. When you open the box you might be quite amazed by the quality, weight and strength of Fat Gripz. 

      Yes. If you would like to be an affiliate for Fat Gripz we recommend the Amazon affiliate program. If you would like to be a promoter for Fat Gripz, click here: https://fatgripz.com/pages/sponsorship-affiliates

      Yes. Please email info@fatgripz.com with your details.

      Yes, you should definitely avoid them. They are usually very low quality (made from materials we would never use) and not even the right size.

      The huge success of Fat Gripz has led to our products being copied/faked by counterfeiters. Unfortunately, it's all too frequent that we're asked if a product is real, or hear a story about someone who accidentally purchased fake “Fat Gripz” online which are made from cheap, potentially unsafe materials and are the wrong size to be effective. Protect yourself and those you care about by buying only authentic Fat Gripz products from our official website (links below). The materials and design of Fat Gripz are the result of years of testing and refinement so don’t get tricked into buy low quality fakes or copycats.


      If you are unsure about whether a seller is genuine, you can email us at info@fatgripz.com to check.

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