The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s 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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  1. #1
    Wannabebig Member
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    Nov 2002

    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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  3. #2
    Senior Member
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    Oct 2002
    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.

  4. #3
    Wannabebig Member
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    Nov 2002
    thanks for the reply. do you even use flat barbell bench?

  5. #4
    Wannabebig Member
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    Nov 2002
    Lawrence, Kansas
    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.

  6. #5
    Self Satisfaction bigkevin20's Avatar
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    May 2002
    I add both regular BB Bench and heavy sets of incline and decline DB Bench
    *Flat Barbell Bench Press 15X "warm up", 8X, 6X.
    *Incline Dumbell Bench Press 8X, 6X.
    *Decline Dumbell Bench Press 8X, 6X.
    *Seated Fly Machine 10X,8X,6X.
    Age 23 Height 5'10 weight 210 2 years complete of serious lifting.
    At 5'10" last Jan/02 I was 280 Lbs with a 44 waist.
    Now as of Dec/02 I am 210 with a 34-36 waist. A year complete 70 pounds lost now lets get big .
    Goal Deadlift 500 by summer now..
    02/10/03 405X3 425X1
    02/17/03 435X1
    02/24/03 445X1
    03/03/03 455X1
    03/10/03 455X3 "rack pull" 500X1 "rack pull MISS"
    03/17/03 405X6, "Rack Pulls 505X3, 525X1.... 555X1 Miss"
    04/14/03 465X1 verry difficult
    05/12/03 475X1 Easy!!! 500X1 Miss"real close"
    05/19/03 435X5
    06/16/03 Rack pulls 555X2, 600Xmiss
    07/14/03 500X1 GOAL ACHIEVED!!!!
    10/06/03 500X4 555X1 Miss
    10/13/03 535X1
    11/10/03 Rack pull 500X7
    GOAL for 2004 get back to a low fat% and keep it 8 -10% would be great.
    06/29 rack pull 700X3
    07/6/04 600x1 at 216
    09/6/04 600X1 at 208 Rack pull 720X3
    NEW GOAL BENCH 400 BY FEB 2005 "not sure about this one"

  7. #6
    shot a man in reno Mik's Avatar
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    May 2002
    Neil's Garage
    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.

  8. #7
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    Jan 2001
    as above 16 sets seem a bit high.
    my exprience - joined gym 10 years ago, 6 1/2 years hard weight training exprience.

  9. #8
    Banned Berserker's Avatar
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    Oct 2002
    Eating more pork.
    I was thinking do either incline DB or bar not both. IMO.

  10. #9
    Senior Member
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    Feb 2002

    Re: dumbells vs. barbells (and chest)

    by arie_ben_pesach
    i'm a lawyer for crissakes

  11. #10
    As I Am Paul Stagg's Avatar
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    Dec 2000
    Baltimore, MD, USA
    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.
    Squats work better than supplements.
    "You know, if I thought like that, I'd never put more than one plate on the bar for anything, I'd never use bands or chains, I'd never squat to parallel or below, and I'd never let out the slightest grunt when I lift. At some point in your lifting career (assuming you're planning on getting reasonably strong and big), you're going to have to accept that most people think you are some kind of freak." -Sensei
    "You're wrong, and I have a completely irrelevant pubmed abstract that may or may not say so." - Belial
    I has a blog.
    I has a facebook.

  12. #11
    Senior Member
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    Oct 2002
    i do my flat bench w/ a bb,and my incline and declines w/ bb...check out my journal...
    i cant deny it,im a f**kin' rider,you dont wanna f*ck w/ me-tupac
    im not a doctor,i just play one on the inernet
    how can i give a f*ck when idont know what a f*ck is to give it

  13. #12
    Milk Fan Sebi's Avatar
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    Feb 2002
    Nyíregyháza, Hungary
    i like dbs better.

    btw i do 14 sets for chest.
    All weights in kilograms in my posts. 1 kg = 2,2 lbs

    My training log.
    My foreign language study site.


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