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    Help with DB press...

    So here's my problem...I can incline DB press 35's really easily, likes 12 reps no problem. However, when I try to do 40's I can't even get the weights into position without help. Once I get them set I can do 8 reps or so, but I always need someone to help me get them up. Is this normal, or do I need to work my triceps more to help get the weights up?
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    That's normal. Just think how hard it would be to get a barbell in place the way you do with DBs. Just keep getting a spot.

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    you'll get used to the new weight... but it may seem like you have weak shoulders

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    How are you getting the weight up? Do you bring the DB's to your shoulders before you get on the bench, or try to do it once your on?
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    I sit on the bench with the DB's on my thighs, then kick them up to my shoulders. That's not a problem, it's from there getting my arms extended that is the problem. After I get my arms extended with the weights I can press them.

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    Use momentum (stand up with DBs, sit down and use momentum to throw up on shoulders, and use that momentum to push em up)
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    Then how low do you bring the DB's once you start? They should be coming back down to where you started, how do you get them back up? Just curious how you have issues with the initial press and don't after.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gordo
    Then how low do you bring the DB's once you start? They should be coming back down to where you started, how do you get them back up? Just curious how you have issues with the initial press and don't after.

    I always find the first rep is the hardest, after that, I can squeeze off a few. some people are like that.
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    Yep, because you are starting the first rep from much lower. It's probably really bad for your rotator cuff without a spot to get them up to the start position.
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    I'm sorry guys, but when I do db inclines I don't start any lower on my first rep than I do the rest of the time. If anything I start with the db's a little higher since I have them resting on my shoulders. I bring the weight up before I get on the bench. I clean the db's to my shoulders and then sit down. Found it a lot easier than trying to knee up the weights. It makes sense that the first rep might be harder than the next few because you are starting from the down position and the muscle is not on stretch and loaded from bringing it down. It would be the same as starting with a BB on your chest. I was just wondering how low he brings the db's down. One of the benefits from db's is that you can get a fuller ROM than with a BB. If he is going full ROM then it doesn't make as much sense that he wouldn't be able to press the first rep but be able to get 8 after. I understand that everyone is different and no one rule applies, I was just wondering if it was a technique issue more than a strength issue.
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    i dont know, i find it hard to imagine doing 35's easily but not being able to get the 40's in place, I would say yes you have some weak shoulders, weak rotator cuffs, or you are going about getting the weight in position the right way. If you are not already doing so put the db's on your knees and kick them into position.

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