I have noticed in classes as of late, that many of the females in the gym fear the use of the men's bar. I have been using only a men's bar for the past 3 months and have seen a significant increase in grip strength in doing so. Here is a list of reasons why I think it works and why you shouldn't fear the extra 10lbs:
1. When back squatting, dead lifting, or pressing if you can lift or press 45#s you should use the men's bar. It saves you 10 extra #s of weight when adding. 95#s becomes 2-25s and a bar instead of 2-25s and a 5. Makes life easier.
2. Grip strength improvement. If many of you have a weakness of holding onto the bar for pull-ups, try snatching with a men's bar. I have seen my grip strength improve from being able to hold on for 3 reps to 10 reps.
3. When you hit a big lift with a men's bar, it feels soooooo much cooler. Especially if it is a clean or a snatch.
4. Competition ready-I started doing this to prepare for a competition. Many times only men's bars are used. If you are looking to compete and have never cleaned or snatched with a men's bar you should probably try it out.