View Full Version : Chest - dumbells / barbells
04-12-2001, 04:20 PM
Hi, Well at the moment by chest routine is as follows...
Flat barbell bench : 3/4 x 8, 6, 5, 4 (something like that)
Incline dumbell press : 2 x 6-8
Thats it.. Simple I know ....
Well I am progressing on flat bench ok right now, but the damn dumbells just ainlt going up...
I always shunned incline barbell from my earlier experiences with it...
However I trained with a friend tonight and as he did them i jumped in and it felt great.....
So my q is shall I use them instead of incline dumbell ?
Is there any harm in doing ALL barbell.. I canlt see how, but thought I would ask..
04-12-2001, 05:07 PM
For my chest exercise I do both Incline and Flat(bench) as well as Incline and Flat(dumbell) presses. The bench is a big bulk and strength builder for me and the use of dumbells really stretches everything out and allows for a greater range of motion. I would implement both into your workout.
Don't worry about how much weight you can do as long as you are doing the exercise properly. So many people go into the gym and do so much weight, but it isn't really doing anything for them because they aren't doing the exercise properly.
04-12-2001, 05:15 PM
This is a bit like masturbation. You're not sure if you should be doing it, but it feels good. If it feels good, keep doing it...
I do flat barbell/dumbell and incline barbell/dumbell, i have made some great gains in my chest from doing this, but to answer your question, if you want to just do two exercises then switch it up every once in a while, maybe that will help get you out of the rut.
04-12-2001, 08:34 PM
Hulk, either barbell or dumbell will work fine. The reason you arenot progressing as youwould like on the inclines is because you ARE progressing on the barbell and the inclines are your 2nd exercise for chest. You are exhausting you chest with the flat barbell presses, so the gains in strength you are making do not show up on your second exercise, i.e your pecs, delts etc. are fried by the time you get to the inclines. You should worry primarily about progression for your first exercise per bodypart, not so much for the second.
04-12-2001, 09:49 PM
Do whichever exercises you feel best with.
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