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    Effects of DB Benches

    If I were to do a few sets of both flat and incline bench, what would the effects of performing a couple sets of DB press? This is purely hypothetical and not necessarily for me. I am more interested in knowing the effects of the DB press and whether it works different muscles than a BB press. Thanks.
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    I wouldnt suggest doing all 3 in one workout.

    But, the DB bench works a little differently than the bar. The main way is that it recruits more stabilizer muscles into play. This is true with any dumbell movement vs a barbell movement.
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    Pardon my ignorance, but do stabilizers play a significant role in BB bench? By that, I mean do stronger stabilizers mean a relatively higher bench?
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    Yes. When you unrack the bar, you have to fight entropy. The bar wants to move forward, backward, side to side...any free direction it can. Besides saftey, this is why free weights are better than machines.
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    Lovely. But are the actual pec muscles worked in any different ways than the BB? I know you can't target any part, but is a DB press having the same effect as the BB press aside from the stabilizers?
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    From my experience I feel the DB working my chest a lot more than BB.
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    It depends on you. Some people can get a deeper stretch with dumbells. Some people feel their pecs more with a bar.. others with inclined dumbell work.. experiment and see for yourself.

    In the end, it doesnt really matter. As long as you aquire progressive overload, have proper rest and nutrition, youll get where you want to go.
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    Awesome. Thanks guys.
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    Dumbells are easier on your shoulders too.
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    many variables come into play.

    both exersizes are working the exact same muscles, just with DB you have to stabalize a bit more.

    if you use the same ROM on dumbbells that you would with a barbell, going until the bar touches your chest or in DB case until the 2 handles are near the chest, then your getting the same amount of chest/shoulder/tricep work IMO.

    if you decide to go deeper with the DB it will strech the pecs more but it will also REALLY stress your shoulders and not in a very good way unless you are flexible.

    on the BB bench you have a variety of hand positions to choose from, inward working the triceps harder and as you go out working the delts / pecs harder, however any grip will hit the same muscles.

    on the DB bench you can use a close grip with the dumbbells together also.
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