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I'm interested in purchasing a thickbar, but I'm not sure if I should go with a 2" or 2.5". I don't have monster hands, so I'm guessing 3" bars would be overkill for me. What's the criteria you use to decide which size to use?

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What are your training goals? If you're working on the Axle Clean & Press for strongman (2" bar), I'd got with a 2.5". If you're working on grip strength for a contest I'd go with the 3" bar. Thick bar seems to carry over nicely from a thicker bar to a thinner one, but not the other direction.

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Go to your local scrap yard and get a 7' piece of 2" heavy duty pipe and try that first (add some collars or weld some washers for your loading area). Scrap in my area is .25 cents a pound so the bar will cost you less than $10 bucks. I recently bought a 2.5" bar from Lance and it cost me about $70 including shipping - a bit more expensive, but a lot nicer too.

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