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    dumbells vs. barbells (and chest)

    i've been reading postings here saying that barbells are good for strength training while dumbells are better for bodybuilding. is this true?

    personally, i'm interested in BODYBUILDING (when i obtain the body i want, i'm sure my strength will be sufficient. i'm a lawyer for crissakes).

    would i build more chest if i included more dumbells and less barbell presses? here's my chest routine:

    barbell flat bench press (x4)
    incline barbell bench press (x4)
    incline dumbells (x4)
    fly machine (x4)

    i appreciate the help.

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    I prefer dumbbells for everything, unless it's not possible to get the amount of weight i need with them. I don't use machines at all, mostly for some complicated reasons that I probably couldn't explain properly, but also because it makes me feel like a cardio soccer mom I think i only use barbells for squat and DL variations.
    Also, you can bench with DB's without a spotter, which is a major plus if your gym is full of dummies/people you'd just as soon rather not talk to.

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    thanks for the reply. do you even use flat barbell bench?

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    I like to switch which ones I use. BB one week, DB the next. I do this for a lot of exercises. This way my muscles never really get used to one over the other.

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    I add both regular BB Bench and heavy sets of incline and decline DB Bench
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    I personally prefer DBs but I do BB sometimes. The only comment I would make is that your routine seems to be high in volume. I see 16 sets for chest, personally I would cut it to 7-9. But....if that's working for you then I'll shut up now.

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    as above 16 sets seem a bit high.
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

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    I was thinking do either incline DB or bar not both. IMO.

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    Re: dumbells vs. barbells (and chest)

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    I would drop one of the incline presses.

    I like dumbells better than barbells for bodybuilding, but in all honesty, it probably doesn't make much difference.
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    i do my flat bench w/ a bb,and my incline and declines w/ bb...check out my journal...
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    i like dbs better.

    btw i do 14 sets for chest.
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