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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    BB Bench

    Me and a friend are following a routine that includes BB bench. My friend doesn't want to do it though, because he reckons it'd be better to do DB bench.
    At the moment we are doing:
    BB Bench 10,10,10,10
    Incline DB Bench 12,10,8,6

    Basically, the question i'm asking is; what does BB bench have over DB bench for strength and size? Why not just do DB?

    (I think that its best to use variation, but he reckons its a bit pointless.)
    "I'm gonna die with a dumbell in my hand." - stpatrick44


    Age: 18 | Height: 5'10" | Weight: 80kgs (176lbs) | BF%: dunno
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    BB Bench 1 x 110kgs (242lbs) | Deadlift: 135kgs (300lbs) x 2 | Current Routine: Bodybuilding

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    You can make gains in strength and size from either movement. Some people swear by one while others swear by the other. I think if you're making progress dont screw with it till it stops or slows up.

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    Well for me, I make better gains with BB bench btu I tend to build my right side more than my left so every few weeks I switch to DB bench to even myself out and get the symmetry back. But I agree with sysopt that you should do whatever works best for u and don't change till u feel u plateau.
    hmmmmmmm... will i ever be big enough?

    Age- 17
    Height- 5'10"
    Weight- 160

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    Bench- 225(1)
    Deadlift-350(1)
    Squat-285(1)

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    With a BB bench, you can focus more on generating explosive power and generally go a bit heavier because you don't have to work as hard to stabilize the weight.

    With DB bench, you get the benefit of the stabilization-work, and I also beleive you can usually get a bit better ROM through the exercise.

    Doing 'em both is a good idea though, IMHO.

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