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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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  1. #1
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    Dumbbell vs. Barbell Bench Press

    *Did a search, didn't find much*

    I've done both dumbbell and barbell bench press over the last 7 months. It usually depends on if I have a spot or not which determines which method of bench press I will do.

    With dumbbells I do significantly less (2 x 50lbs) then with a barbell (135lbs). I know different stablizers get worked between the two but what benefit does this have if I am bulking?

    Should I just be doing the barbell bench press since I can lift a lot more weight?

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    man this has been brought up a million times....basically it is personal preferance....dumbell may be slightly better.....but then again i prefer barbell...it is really up to you

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    barbell bench ****s up my shoulder...

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    DB Bench Press is far superior an exercise. Three things, one is that you must use all of the stabilizers needed to press the weight in front of you, two is that you get a greater range of motion than with a barbell, and three is that each arm and pec work independently, so if your right side is weaker than your left said it will show more than if you were using a bar where the bar compensates for you.

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    Just do both.

    If doing each in the same workout is too much alternate them.
    If the bar aint bending your just pretending!!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG C
    Just do both.
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    Last edited by Max-Mex; 06-30-2004 at 04:48 AM.
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    I just read recently that there is a difference in the way it
    shapes your muscle. I better look it up again but from what I recall
    it said that dumbells will give you better tone but the barbell
    will give you better overall mass. This was from the May Issue of
    Muscle & Fitness mag. Personally, I am 152lbs, and injured my shoulder
    doing 55lbs with the dumbells. I really dont like them anymore, they put
    wayt to much strain on me I find. I have lost alot of strength in the barbell
    area but can at least do a decent amount without feeling the pain in my shoulder,
    about 180lbs bench.

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    That's why I suggest not reading those magazines.
    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
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJeepNate
    I just read recently that there is a difference in the way it
    shapes your muscle. I better look it up again but from what I recall
    it said that dumbells will give you better tone but the barbell
    will give you better overall mass. This was from the May Issue of
    Muscle & Fitness mag. Personally, I am 152lbs, and injured my shoulder
    doing 55lbs with the dumbells. I really dont like them anymore, they put
    wayt to much strain on me I find. I have lost alot of strength in the barbell
    area but can at least do a decent amount without feeling the pain in my shoulder,
    about 180lbs bench.
    You can NOT shape the muscle. The shape you have is the shape you are born with. It can get bigger, but the basic shape does not change. Muscle and Fiction is not a reputable source AT ALL. These articles are ghostwritten by armchair "experts". Shaping the muscle is a fiction. Short of surgery it cannot be done, period.

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    Personally, for chest development, I think DB's are much better. Whenever I use a barbell it is all shoulders and tris, but when I use dumbells I really feel it in my chest. Do whatever works best for you.

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    You know I bet body building would grow so much without those mags. Just think of all the guys that pick one up and try a routine of one of the pros. The mags. actually make you think you are going to get 'giant' like that from following this so called routine. Once they see no progress from probably overtraining, they quit.

    I wonder how many we have lost from our sport?
    If the bar aint bending your just pretending!!!!


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