i did a search and didn't see much about this, to my surprise.....
On the advice of some forum people, I'm putting my own routine on the shelf and starting WWB1 tomorrow. My question is this....Does it matter if I do the bench press (regular and decline) with a barbell or dumb bells? The only barbells at my gym are on smith machines (its a gym/rehab center, so its a lot of old people and others who have no idea what they are doing....) and i feel like the need to stablize the dumb bells is really good for my shoulders and any other muscles i have to balance the weights with. I've been using DB for about 4 weeks now and kinda like it, should I switch to the smith machine or stick with what i'm doing?
If you like DBs, then why would you switch? Keep going with the DBs.
Age: 20, Height: 5'7", Weight: 165, Deadlift: 405, 9.5" Squat: 230 x 10, Bench: 195 (3x5)
Originally Posted by fatrb38
i only ask because the routine calls for a BB press, I was curious if one was more beneficial then the other....Originally Posted by fixationdarknes
DBs are fine man. The only real reason to change would be if you wanted to hit your stabilizers a bit more with the DBs, or for a change of pace. I personally prefer BB because I can push a lot more weight, but DBs allow for a fuller ROM. Either way, both are good exercises. Just make sure you are including that compound press movement into your routine; DBs or BB either way.
Your question is really: dumbells or smith machine?
The answer is dumbells.
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I use dumbbells for decline, and, flat bench. As one poster stated, they
can lift heavier with the bar, oppose dumbbells.
You can basically do everything with dumbbells as you would with the bar,
providing the dumbbells are heavy enough.
One of the perks of using dumbbells over the bar, is working out solo. Your
accident ratio is far slimmer using dumbbells, due to not having the bar come
crashing down on your chest, if you can't manage the weight.
As for the Smith Machine, it assists you when you are benching far greater
than using a bar with a spotter on demand.
So, the Smith Machine will always require you to load up the bar more, than
you would using a non assisted bar/bench combination. Which in turn, make
you think you are doing a lot of weight, but, the harsh reality is, the machine
is helping you far more than you'd imagine.
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I know, but I'm there for the pool, not the weights......I really like the DB better, especially since I life alone, and like the guy above me said, i have to really f-up to hurt myself.....thanks for the input. Off to the gym....Originally Posted by khari