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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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Thread: DB vs BB

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    Pocket Canuck
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    DB vs BB

    Is there some sort of "rule of thumb" that you can use to figure out how much you should lift on barbell bench from doing dumb bells(or vice versa).
    I am just using bench for an example.
    If u can do incline DB bench with the 100's u should be able to do ??? on incline BB bench.

    Just curious.


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    clueless wonder
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    I'd say that it would vary widely depending on the strength of the stabilizing muscles that you're using to keep the DBs in the right motion. For the ppl that I know the BB and DB weights for, they all vary by a great % for BB : DB weight ratio.

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    I think if you use good form it should not make that much a difference. But im just guessing.

    I know that when i started doing dbl's it went down around 20lbs but alot had to do with poor form. Today i dont think i would be able to do much more weight with a bar.

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    For me, the total of the dumbells was 10lbs less than barbell. This was on flat bench.
    ...it's more friendly for trainers to say, "yeah, we can help you tone up!" rather than saying, "yeah, we can help you get rid of that fat ass!"

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    clueless wonder
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    to give you some numbers for incline bench from my friends and I:

    friend1:
    6x145 BB
    6x50 DBs = 100 total(~70% of the BB wt)

    friend2:
    6x225 BB
    6x85 DBs = 170 total(~75% of the BB wt)

    me:
    8x175 BB
    8x80 DBs = 160 total(~90% of the BB wt)

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    This is what I have done recently for incline bench.

    6x100 DB

    haven't done incline BB in a while.
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    incline bb for me:

    135 x 12
    155 x 9
    175 x 6
    195 x 3

    I don't think I could ever do that much with db's. I think that they would be far harder to control. Doesn't it take a more muscles to stablize db's? I think that makes them the better choice for inclines and declines, but i don't own db's that are heavy enough.

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    I think DBs are better for emphasizing the pecs. More so than barbell presses.

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    Flat BB: 245 x 3+
    Flat DB: 100x2 x 7

    Incline BB: 200 x 7
    Incline DB: no clue.
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    I think DBs are better for emphasizing the pecs. More so than barbell presses.
    Agreed. My chest didn't really start growing until I ditched the barbell for a couple months. Stabiler muscles are tweaked.

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