The fat bar is a classic grip-training tool used by competitive strongmen. In this video, Kurtis Bowler (owner and founder of Rainier CrossFit) instructs a female athlete in the somewhat unusual techniques required to get a fat bar from the ground to overhead.
Breaking the movement down into pieces, Bowler demonstrates the difficulty of getting the bar into the rack position, noting that his fingers can’t even fully close around the thick 2-inch-diameter bar.
“It just wants to shoot out of the bottom of your hands,” he explains.
Bowler wraps up the session with an attempt at a new PR: 233 lb. from floor to overhead.
Video by Again Faster.
Additional reading: KingKinggg KongKonggg by Rob Orlando, published Nov. 3, 2008.