Hey i'm new and was wondering if it's possible to use only dumbells to work out my whole body without having to buy a bench press machine. If so can anybody help me think of a skecthy routine to do for days? Thanks
its possible... i don't know if it will be as effective though...
6'1 - 195
Crossfit Total: Press: 135 - Squat: 315 - Deadlift: 365
Competition Lifts: Clean: 205 - Bench: 205
I only use dumbbells and a bench for real equipment and I'm doing fine so far. Legs is the only problem. You certainly don't need a bench pres machine.
At least for Bench, most people do barbell benches for size and strength. But you can do dumbbells and get great results as well.
1 Arm Rows
DB Pull Overs
2 hand press up
lying cross face db extension
Str8 leg DL
I'd do something like that, don't know how heavy your db's go to though.
thanks for the workout sketch. Is dumbells enough for you to see gains though? thanks again
Originally Posted by Hoobastank
Sure it's enough, a 50 pounds is 50 poundsOriginally Posted by minboy
The only downside of DBs I've found is it's REALLY hard to compare your strength to others. What you DB bench press is always very different from what you barbell bench.
Well, 2 down sides, once you've over 80 pounds they get kind of awkward... but that awkwardness helps build stabilising muscles everywhere. When I pick 2 90 lbs DB up from the floor to bench them, my forearms, grip, back, bi's, lats, traps, shoulders and even legs come into play to get them ready to bench. As oppose to benching with a rack where you just slide under the weight and no muscle is used until you start pushing.
Thanks for the answers guys. My last question is when i was doing the dumbell bench my whole arm was shaking. Is that normal or does that mean I have too much weight on the dumbell? I was only benching 32's though. It thought I would need more weight to bench but i'm not sure. Thanks
That's normal. You will get used to it. Just focus on form and doing everything slow and correct, the rest works itself out after that it seems. I did barbells for a long time and then went to dumbells, and I noticed a difference in the size of my chest, it got alot bigger. It might get tricky when the dumbells start getting heavier, getting them into position takes some time to learn. It took me like 6 workouts to learn how.