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    Overhead dumbbell press vs. barbell press

    At my gym, the area in which there is a decent rack for the overhead press with a barbell is placed (conveniently) right by the door where there really is not much room (if any). I could potentially stand in the rack while doing overhead barbell presses, but there is ample room a ways back. Thus, I'm curious if using dumbbells in lieu of barbells for the overhead press is a decent substitute. The main problem I can see is hoisting the dumbbells up to shoulder level... not necessarily a problem, but it draws energy away from the lift itself and could potentially lead to shoulder injury.

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    I personally prefer the barbell press as it allows the movement of more weight. You can switch between the two if you want.
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    utilize both, the barbell will allow one to use more weight and get a more force full contraction, but the dumbbells will bring in an extra element of balance, if you want a good workout try pressing with just one dumbbell in one hand
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    Thx guys

    scarez, where'd you get the quote from in your sig? I like part of it and wanted to quote it.

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    he got it from me, and its a quote from the movie Akeelah and the Bee
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenFitness View Post
    Thx guys

    scarez, where'd you get the quote from in your sig? I like part of it and wanted to quote it.
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    I'm not sure what weight you'd be using (I never got past 60 lb. dumbbells for this) but you can pretty easily kick those up off your knee without much help from your arm / shoulder. I'd imagine if you're strong enough to be OH pressing even 80 lbs. in each hand you should be able to do the same with them pretty easily.... Not really sure what to do if you're using something like 110 lb. dumbbells though
    Last edited by Janosik; 07-15-2009 at 01:36 PM.

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    i prefere barbell cos with dumbbells its too easy to use poor form

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    Quote Originally Posted by Janosik View Post
    Not really sure what to do if you're using something like 110 lb. dumbbells though
    You do the same thing. Get the db on your knee and do kick it up with your knee. Best way I've found is to do a calf press and follow through with the leg. Do one db at a time. Get them both into position and press

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    Barbell is the way to go.


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