Originally Posted by superbilt
The thick bar is harder to grip because you can't close your hand as much. However, it is easier on your wrist and very effective because when you go back to an olympic bar your grip will be stronger. Since, I train at home I don't have a thick bar but I made an 2 inch thick axle out of a 7 foot long steel pipe and I have a 2 3/8 pipe to go over that which is 4 feet long. Very hard to use this for deadlifts and clean and presses. It will reduce the weight you can use but it is still effective.
Good luck with the PL contest where are you competing and what federation?
I feel like a moron, because I don't know the federation. My father-in-law got me into it (and he is very nicely paying the entrance fee). I will ask him when I have a chance.
The contest is at Boyce Park near Monroeville, Pennsylvania.