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Gym Tonic Kalamunda: What are The Benefits of Thick Bar Training?

The Barbells and dumbbells with a handle diameter over two inches are considered thick or fat. You perform your routine, but using these thicker barbells and dumbbells will add a new neuromuscular challenge to your training. This is essential to get better results in Gym Tonic in Kalamunda.

How Do Thick Bars Work?

Fat-bar training will bring variety into your activity and keep your muscles guessing, and it has been shown to improve grip strength significantly. With a daily one-inch bar handle, you can quickly wrap your whole hand around it and support the weight in your palm with relatively minimal effort. Here are a few prominent benefits of thick bar training:

Increased Neural Drive

Through muscle irradiation, thick bars stimulate more muscle fibres in your fingers, hands, forearms, and upper arms. When you contract a muscle while holding a thick bar, you entirely contract the primary muscles, such as the hands and forearms. Still, you're also stimulating the surrounding muscles and connective tissue. For example, if you wish to get a maximal contraction in your biceps, your forearms need a full contraction too. Try flexing your bicep with a soft grip with your free hand on your forearm. You will feel a slight contraction in your forearm when contracting your bicep. This is because the nerve impulse in the surrounding muscles helps with muscle contraction. Thick bar training will benefit both forms of contraction.

Full Body Irradiation

Continuing with the point above, training with a thick bar will increase the total body muscle contractions, including your chest, shoulders, back, and core. By increasing the activation of more muscle groups, you're supporting gains in muscle endurance, strength, and mass. Want to build more muscle? How many times every week should you be lifting? Check out the classes at Gym Tonic in Kalamunda.

Increased Joint Stability

The rotator cuff, a small muscle involved in shoulder stability, is directly linked with your grip ability. Therefore, improving your grip strength will instantly increase shoulder stability. Many anecdotal reports suggest thick-bar training alleviates wrist, elbow or shoulder issues. This is likely due to strengthening the kinetic chain of muscles from the hand to the rear dealt or back of the shoulder.

Better Weight Distribution

Thick-bar training can distribute weight more evenly across the body. With a regular one-inch bar handle, your forearm flexors (muscles on the bottom of the forearm) do all the work to hold the bar. In the long run, this might cause imbalances and overcompensation issues such as tendinitis and wrist injuries. The two-inch bar handle requires that your forearm flexors and extensors (muscles on the top of the forearm) do the work, thus allowing a symmetrical forearm development while preventing injury.

Increased Grip Strength

Most people think their grip gets enough work from their main exercises, like deadlifts, pull-ups, and curls. The truth is grip strength is deeply under-trained, which can impact total-body muscle development. The easiest and fastest fix for poor grip strength is thick-bar training. Whether benching or curling, you will challenge your grip, hands, and forearms. Over time, this increased neuromuscular demand has been shown to improve grip strength and, as a result, the acute variables across all exercises.

In conclusion

Most gyms don't offer thick bars or dumbbells because of the cost of this fitness equipment, which can run up to fifty thousand dollars. But, at Gym Tonic, we do. They are the ultimate solution to building muscle fast and improving grip strength. Join our classes today!