I'm looking to maximize growth in my chest since it has always been a particularly weak area for me. Which will help my chest develop more rapidly? BB or DB presses?
My suggestion is to try both, and you decide which one works better. Not everything works the same for everyone
I prefer DB, my wrists are tricked out so BB benching doesn't get me far. I get a lot of size from DB's, definition too. It's your choice. common thinking is, that DB's give you a wider range of motion.
DB is better cause it takes more to keep the DB's straight and steady IMO.
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for chest growth i would say db is better because you can go down further then a barbell
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def db's but bb's do a good job on strength and ****...
I got a question - I usually do BBs and I've done DB presses only once...is it normal to not press the same amount with Dumbbells that you do regularly w/ Barbells? My max is around 210 (I'm just starting out), but I could not imagine balancing a 100 pound DB in each hand....please help me out
You wont be able to lift as much with db's because the stabilizer muscles that you are using to hold them up are neglected during a standard BB bench press. You have to exert a significant amount of effort just holding the weights up, so it is more difficult.
I lift more with dumbbells than with the bench, more with incline dummbells than with flat bench even. It depends on what you do more of.