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    question about db bench pressing

    Here is a stupid question, but I'm going to ask it anyway: How do you get the dumbbells to your chest when you do db bench pressing. I've always just bench pressed with a bb and, I wanted to switch to dumbells for awhile. But, the weight I need to bench I can't lift both the dumbells from the floor up to my chest. I had 60lbs on each db and there was know way I could get it up above the bench. Do you use a spotter for this? Or is there some other way to lift it up to your chest? thanks.

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    Might not be textbook, but I begin with the dbs on my knees and throw my knees up and lay back in one motion.
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    Take a look at this page.. it shows you how to mount and dismount when doing db bench

    http://www.exrx.net/AnimatedEx/Pecto...BenchMount.gif

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    I load the dumbells from my legs as well (similar to the link). I don't pick them up from the floor though because I think that takes too much effort. I just get a bench close to the weight I use on the rack and walk them over from there...
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    Maybe it was textbook.
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    I put the dumbells I am going to use on the bench before the set. When I am ready lift them and sit down with them on my knees. As I sit back I kick them up towards my chest.


    If you are saying you can't get the 60 lb dumbells up onto the bench, then maybe you should be working your legs and back instead of working our chest.
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    Originally posted by LATMAN
    I put the dumbells I am going to use on the bench before the set. When I am ready lift them and sit down with them on my knees. As I sit back I kick them up towards my chest.


    If you are saying you can't get the 60 lb dumbells up onto the bench, then maybe you should be working your legs and back instead of working our chest.
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    I just put them on my thighs (near my knees) and fall back. I have never even thought about it really. Now incline benching is starting to be slightly more of a PITA, takes more of a kick from the knees, but still not that difficult.

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    On my warm up sets I flip them up onto my delts and lie back from there.

    On my Work sets I lie back on the bench and extend each arm and have somebody hand the db's one at a time to me.
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    Originally posted by Otter
    Try these . . . .


    http://www.bodytrends.com/products/w...powerhooks.htm
    Cool idea, but the barbell would get in the way of the dumbells (at least at my height).

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    I put them on my knees as well and kick them up as I lie down. But, unlike the gif file, I start with my arms extended very much like BB presses.

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    kick em up with your knees, its the only way, works great for incline but its still tough, you get use to it

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    Originally posted by InferiorDesign
    kick em up with your knees, its the only way, works great for incline but its still tough, you get use to it
    True... It's even tougher when you're doing DB shoulder presses...

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    Originally posted by LATMAN


    If you are saying you can't get the 60 lb dumbells up onto the bench, then maybe you should be working your legs and back instead of working our chest.
    Thats what im thinking, how is it possible that you can db press weights but you cant lift them up and lay on a bench with them?

    i pick them up, sit down on the bench, lay back with them on my chest, then press. it's not like you have to curl them up to press them.
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    all right guys. I understand now.

    I wasn't saying I couldn't lift them up to the bench. I was laying down first and then trying to lift them up while I was already in the postition to bench. too hard.

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    Yea, that would be a tremendous strain on your shoulders.

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    True... It's even tougher when you're doing DB shoulder presses...
    Oh yes. Recently I have been having real trouble with this. I kind of throw them up until my arms are straight above my head while i am standing and then sit down with them. Gotta be real careful though.
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    Again .... POWER HOOKS ... they work for bench, incline, decline, military, everything. I have them and use them religiously, they completely eliminate the swing that you're all talking about.

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    But doesnt the BB get in the way after you start repping with the DBs???
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    No, not at all ... and if it does, all you need to do is slide a little forward. Trust me, when I first saw them I thought there was no way they could work, but they do, and well. I had to do DB incline presses last night, but because I was going for higher reps, the weight was light, so I decided to swing them up like I used to. What a waste of energy, and it takes too long to settle in once you swing up. I'll never press without them again.

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    Yeah exactly like a few other people said. This might not be textbook but you basically just fling the weights back as you lie back. I put the bells on my knees first and then just toss them back. Always works well for me.

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    Originally posted by jock


    Oh yes. Recently I have been having real trouble with this. I kind of throw them up until my arms are straight above my head while i am standing and then sit down with them. Gotta be real careful though.
    I can't do that anymore because the weights have gotten too heavy. I just have to get a spotter to help me on the first rep because I have no problem heaving the dbs to my shoulders, I just can't get them up since they're in an awkward position.

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