If you had access to dumbells why would anyone who wanted a symmetrical body do barbell instead of dumbell bench presses? Am I missing something?
not many gyms I have been to have db's over 100 lbs. each
Height: 6' weight:197
bench: 280 x 1
squat: 370 x 1
dead: 360 x 1
goal: 225 @ < 10% bodyfat
To get serious to the OP, have you ever picked up a 100lbs dumbbell? Maybe you have, you could probably get some that weigh more. Now to do a bench press with dumbbells you would have to position the weights while you get ready to bench. Unless you are the Incredible Hulk or Superman, I think most humans would be satisfied with just pushing a bar off a rack and benching like that. Also, I am not sure if most spotter's are able to spot someone benching 200lbs+ with dumbbells.
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
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)
I use mostly dumbells in my chest routine as well. I have a long way to go before the gym can't handle my chest power though...LOL
The Commander-in-Chief answers him while chasing a fly
Saying, "Death to all those who would whimper and cry"
And dropping a bar bell he points to the sky
Saying, "The sun's not yellow it's chicken."
I do both, but picking up the heavy DB's prior to doing the exercise is a PITA. I can DB press more than I can pick up I guess?
I don't use dumbbells often myself. My gym only has them up to 100LBs I think, and it's hard enough getting those things on my chest, but it can be done fairly easy with practice.
Secondly, I'm not too far off from being limited by those weights.
Forever Goal: Strength
Weightlifting sucks. I just like to lift heavy things.
i basically deadlift the dumbbells to my thighs and sit down on the bench, then wait a second, then lay down, bringing them back to my chest. it's easy once you get the hang of it. My only beef is that I have to drag the dumbbells quite a ways to the bench i use.
*on the shelf*
people who use dumbbells are just afraid of benchpressing and loading on some some real weight :P
nothing like grabbing the bar with it loaded heavy then pressing it down and up, nothing hits my chest harder.
i haven't benched with a barbell in years. db's hit my chest so much better. plus, i have issues with one of my shoulders when i go bb. the range of motion the db's allow me solves the problem.
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I alternate; however I love dumbbells as opposed to barbells. In every exercise except decline and squat I prefer DB's. I went to a welding store and had them cut galvinized steel solid core bars for me...my dumbbells go up to 180!!!
I like DB bench press, but I usually do it after BB Bench and 1 other chest movement such as dips or decline BB bench. This way, I don't have to use as heavy of DBs, but I still get the benefits of the movement.
they are different. do both.
If you are training to get bigger, do whatever feels the best. If you care about strength in terms of powerlifting, then most of your heavy pressing should be done with a barbell.
PRs: 655/525/645 = 1825 Total
Meet PRs: Bench Only 525
Deadlifts bring people together. It's a fact. - Chris Rodgers
I do both but am fortunate enough to goto a gym that has benches with racks specifically for dumbells. The racks even slide horizonally so as it doesnt get in your way when pressing.
Current: 34 yrs. old 5'10.5'' 192 lbs.
Goals: 195 lbs. 12% bf by dec.09'
Long term goal: 225 lbs. 10-12% bf
Best Lifts bench:355 11/10/08 Deadlift:475 5/5/08
Squat:395 5/6/08.......Total:1225 RAW
Goals: 1275 total by Dec 09'
Long term goal: 1500 RAW
I love them both I switch them out back and forth. Whenever I plateau with one I switch to the other, it always breaks my plateau's.
"Why do you believe that DBs somehow give you a more symmetrical body?" would be a better question...
A child does not learn to squat from the top down. In other words, he does not suddenly make a conscious decision one day to squat. Actually, he is squatting one day and make the conscious decision to stand. Squatting precedes standing in the developmental sequence. This is the way a child's brain learns to use the body as the child develops movement patterns. Therefore, a child is probably crawling, rocks back into a squatting position with the back completely relaxed and the hips completely flexed, and stands when he has enough hip strength. This approach makes a lot of sense and can be applied to relearning the deep squat movement if it is lost. -Gray Cook
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