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    Can't get weight into position for incline DB press

    I'm doing incline dumbell press as part of wbb#1. I'm up to 70lb bumbells but they're so heavy that I can barely get them into position for the excercise. Any tips?

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    1. pick up DBs
    2. sit down on the end of the bench, resting Dbs on your knees
    3. one at a time, 'kick' your knee up and bring that weight up to your shoulder
    4. lean back, carefully
    press away

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    I also use my knees to kick up the DB's and when I bring them up I try to keep them a little above my shoulders for the first rep. That's probably the one disadvantage of DB's over BB.

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    Originally posted by Callahan
    1. pick up DBs
    2. sit down on the end of the bench, resting Dbs on your knees
    3. one at a time, 'kick' your knee up and bring that weight up to your shoulder
    4. lean back, carefully
    press away
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    Here is what I do. I think I have had the incline up to the 85s and the military press up to the 75s before without coming close to having any trouble doing so. I'd say my arm strength is pretty well balanced with my chest and shoulders also.

    1. Place the DBs on the floor on each side of the bench.
    2. Sit Down
    3. Pick up the left weight with both hands and place on the left thigh. (assuming right handedness)
    4. Hammer Curl the other DB on to your right thigh while letting the left one rest on the thigh (I support it with my left hand).
    5. Hammer curl the weights from the knees to the chest.
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    How the hell can you hammer curl that much weight? I prefer Callahan technique...

    Never had any problems and I'm currently shoulder pressing the 70s.

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    I too dont see hammer-curling 90 lbs, which is where Im at with my incline routine.

    I always have my buddies with me, so when we go past the 70s, we just hold em up for whoever is on the bench. Quick and easy.

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    you can sort of power clean the weights into position, then get on the bench and do it... or just kick them up like everyone else said

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    Originally posted by unshift
    you can sort of power clean the weights into position, then get on the bench and do it... or just kick them up like everyone else said
    Ha, never thought about that. Thats kind of a way of doing it.

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    The only problem is that when sitting you may not be well balanced and your ass will be falling down pretty quick, or dropping the DBs and probably hitting someone.

    The way Cal said works. I used the 100s that way. But one part I don't think works and maybe he just didn't say it, is that you are sitting vertical, and then you sorta kick one and then the second right away, while you lean back into your bench position quick, which helps get under them. Even if you miss you can bring it into your chest, and then lean forward, and stand up and reset.
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    I kick them both up at the same time, but then again, they're only 60's...

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    why can't you just ask a spot to help you get them up. sometimes when I db bench I can't get up the db's but I can press them, and that spot helping you get it up saves you some energy too.
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    I agree with John. If you're having trouble just ask somebody to give you a hand getting them up. I've never had a person decline offering a spot. We all need it sometime. And it's by far the safest way to get it done.
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    kicking them up can aggravate the shoulders

    be carefull and try to get as much lift with the legs as possible

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    Also be careful with your back, when I lean back holding the weight sometimes it kinda pinches.
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    Or you can try these.

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    deffinitly gtab a spotter. Also if your having trouble reaching failure with a weight that is more comfortable for you to get into pressing position for you target rep range and no spotter is available, you might want to try a different way or increasing you intensity so that you reach failure with a lighter weight. ie pre-exhaust or decrease your rest time, lower your cadence ect ect. I'm not saying that you should change your whole work out if hte rountine your practicing is predicated on certain aspects ie 2-3 minute rest periods, 4-8 reps of the heaviest weight you can handle as many bulking routines advise. I'm just saying that you can bulk and use say the 50's at half the rest period and 1/3 the cadence, this is better than trying to hoist the 75 off your knees, missing the catch and tearing your teres or something.
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