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.Originally Posted by JConrad
From 155 lbs to 200 lbs (PICS/VIDS INCLUDED)
Height: 6'0"; BW: 202lbs; Age: 24; BF: ~11%
155lbs [07-01-06] 176lbs [09-14-06] 179lbs [09-21-06] 182lbs [10-02-06] 184lbs [10-18-06] 186lbs [10-23-06] 187lbs [11-08-06] 189lbs [11-19-06] 190lbs [11-21-06] 191lbs [12-21-06] 194lbs [12-31-06]
Bench: 250lbs; Squat: 350lbs lbs; Deadlift: 430 lbs
Military: 111lbsx8; Dips: BWx30; Pullups: BWx10; WChestP: 360lbsx7; 45LegP: 470lbsx20; C Raise: 360lbs; BB Curl: 105lbsx3; Lat Pull: 195lbsx5
It happens both ways, your body and muscles are just not use to it. You should quickly catch up.
Squat - 595lbs -- 270kg -- Dec. 31, '09 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
Bench - 374lbs -- 170kg -- Dec 20, '08 (@100kg class)
Dead - 589lbs -- 267.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @100kg class)
Total: 1537lbs -- 697.5kg -- Dec 20, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
Bench Only -- 358lbs -- 162.5kg -- Nov. 25, '07 (Provincial Record @ 90kg class)
Bench Only -- 376lbs -- 171kg -- Jan. 26, '08 (Provincial Record @ 100kg class)
You have the strength, but you lack the coordination right now.
D 435 / S 340 / B 305
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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.
Just a thought could grip have anything to do with it. such as where he's placing his hands on the bar?
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.Originally Posted by Sensei
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Originally Posted by Vapour Trails
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
Bench - 270x5
Squat - 350x5
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.