Let’s talk about how to make your very own thick bar dumbbells.

These things are nasty!  Nothing I like more than a nasty set of dumbbells.

When it comes to thick bar training, there’s a ton of different benefits you’ll receive from training with thick bars.

Some benefits include:

-increase in grip strength
-increase in overall general strength
-increased mental toughness
-increase in overall badassness’

The reason you get can achieve these when training with a thicker bar is rather simple.  A thicker bar is tougher to hold on to.  You work your grip a ton more than you do with a regular sized bar.

The thickness of the bar makes movements such as snatches, rows, carries, and even presses a ton more difficult.

Now imagine getting stronger in these movements while working with a thicker bar.  Now imagine going back to regular bar.

It will feel like cheating!

All of your movements will improve.  Pull ups, rows, deadlifts, and even your presses will increase.  Trust me.

Now, I don’t want to get all crazy talking about how thick bar training will help improve your results,  Just believe me when I say IT WORKS.


Let’s go ahead and get into how to build these bad boys so you can start benefiting from thick bar training as well!

STEP 1 – Gather Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • (4) 1.5 inch galvanized steel pipe cut into 18 in. lengths
  • (4) pipe clamps
  • (4) pony clamps
  • athletic tape
  • olympic / stadard weight plates (5 – 25 lbs work the best)
Pipe Clamps

STEP 2 – Put your thick bar dumbbells together

A) Mark off your 18 in pipe in sections of 6 inches.  This is so you know where to place the pipe clamps.

B) Place your pipe clamps 6 inches away from the ends.  This will leave you with 6 inches for your hand to fit in between the weights.

C) Secure and fasten the pipe clamps.

D) Tape over the pipe clamps

E) Throw on some weights

F) Secure weights with pony clamps


As you can see, there’s not much to it.

It’ll cost you maybe $30 to make these badboys.

Here’s a quick little video with a few different movements you can do….


Basically you can do all the same movements you do with a regular dumbbell.  Now you’ll just be upgrading you workouts a bit 😉

Live Aggressive and Get Strong!

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