The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness
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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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    Bench press, I don't understand this?

    I have recently switched from DB bench to BB bench but I can't lift nearly as much weight with the BB. With DB press I could lift two 22kg DBs (44kg total), but with BB I can only lift a 30kg bar, and I'm doing the same number of reps for BB and I was with DB.
    The BB itself only weighs 10 pounds so that still doesn't account for the huge difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JConrad
    I have recently switched from DB bench to BB bench but I can't lift nearly as much weight with the BB. With DB press I could lift two 22kg DBs (44kg total), but with BB I can only lift a 30kg bar, and I'm doing the same number of reps for BB and I was with DB.
    The BB itself only weighs 10 pounds so that still doesn't account for the huge difference.
    It's usually the other way around. I can bench 230 lbs, but only bench around 120-130 lbs with dumbbells. I would say it's your stabilizers but I never heard of this problem before. Maybe your arms are not used to the motion since you can't move your hands laterally when you use a barbell.
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    It happens both ways, your body and muscles are just not use to it. You should quickly catch up.

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    You have the strength, but you lack the coordination right now.

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    Coordination, lack of practice, and, maybe, increased range of motion with the bar are probably the reasons why you do more w. DBs.
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    Thanks for the reassurance fellas. Its good to know I'll catch up soon, as I'm defintely sticking with BB bench.

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    Just a thought could grip have anything to do with it. such as where he's placing his hands on the bar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei
    Coordination, lack of practice, and, maybe, increased range of motion with the bar are probably the reasons why you do more w. DBs.
    This is what I think as well. People praise DB for their range of motion, but when it comes to DB bench mosr people use less range than when using a BB and touching their chest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vapour Trails
    This is what I think as well. People praise DB for their range of motion, but when it comes to DB bench mosr people use less range than when using a BB and touching their chest.


    haha yeah I was up to using 105lb DB's in high school, but when it came to straight BB bench press I couldn't do ****. Over time I worked it up, so yes that is natural and your not alone on that. I would always hear rumors that DB bench was better for sports/athletes like basketball/football/baseball
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    Dumbells are generally harder to use, they require alot more stablizer muscles then a flat bar bench would and you cant use your momentum off of a DB bench.

    I can bench well over 300 pounds on a bar, but 100 pound dumbells for sets say 3 sets of 6 whoop my rear end while 200 pounds on a flat bar I could easily rep out 15 or more times.

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