Iron Pipe Load Question
Most pro gym bars are 1-1/4". And one study I read listed 1" as the most popular DIY bar diameter. I personally like the larger bars. I use 1-1/2", (and my fingers DO feel it.)
True the 3/4" bar will let you do more pull-ups, but it also does not work your forearm muscles nearly as much. This is where your gripping and torsional resistance strength is developed. Those guys you see on TV stopping a punch by catching and gripping their assailant's fist with one hand? Mainly forearm strength.
But I think 1" will do you fine. 3/4" might tend to bow some. Heck, put up both, and work everything.
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Last edited by Willie T; 02-09-2009 at 10:01 PM.