Is there some standard ratio or percentage of how much weight you can DB bench press vs. BB bench press? I know most people cannot DB press as much as they can BB press dues to stabilizing, etc and I realize it's probably a little different for everybody. I'm just wondering if for most people their DB press is around 75-80% of their BB press or something like that (that's a made up percentage).
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Nope, best to just figure it out in the gym.
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You use different stabilizers when you DB press than when you BB press so if those stabilizers are stronger with your DB, your % will be higher. Most people feel more comfortable with a higher weight on the BB so psychologically you can press more that way.
Now in pain, only working out the walking sticks.
Which stabilizers do you use for each, that you can say they're different?
http://www.exrx.net/Lists/Directory.html is really a great resource for everything you want to know about almost any lift you can imagine, including target muscles, stabilizers, synergists (?), correct form, etc.
If i trian will barbell for 5 months. then switch to dumbells.
my dumbell press will shoot up a bit over the next couple of weeks as I improve my skill of the movement, rather than i improved at the lift.
This is one of the reason why some people think switching exercise improve gains.
my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.
3xthe weight of one db. Used to work for me. Don't anymore