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    Bench Press Vs. Dumbell Press

    Do to a recent (couple years ago) I have found that my bench press is more of a challenge. I prefer to stick with dumbells. Is there any difference in the way the muscle is developed with dumbells as opposed to the bench? Is one more effective then the other in working the chest? Do you guys have a preference?

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    IMO it's best to use some form of bb bench along with db's. with db's the muscles can't load share so you can end up shortchanging yourself in the long run if you use db's exclusively.
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    Dumbbells can be a bit tough logistically when you get up in weight. Barbells are easier to deal with a lot of weight. I think that is the main advantage. At my current gym, d-bells only go up to 150, so that is a problem, too. All that aside, I think there are things to be said for both exercises. I've always thought of Barbell work as my main mass work, and d-bells as kind of an accessory. Just my 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    Dumbbells can be a bit tough logistically when you get up in weight. Barbells are easier to deal with a lot of weight. I think that is the main advantage. At my current gym, d-bells only go up to 150, so that is a problem, too. All that aside, I think there are things to be said for both exercises. I've always thought of Barbell work as my main mass work, and d-bells as kind of an accessory. Just my 2 cents.
    Good stuff, and yea when I use db's I have to make sure I am using just under my max when I don't have someone to spot...which doesn't allow for fast progress. My right wrist healed at a slight angle to the left (when looking at the back of my hand) this means I can't get a full extension with my right arm on the bench, with db's its easier...

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    That makes sense.

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    DBs have an advantage of allowing a larger ROM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtbmed View Post
    DBs have an advantage of allowing a larger ROM.
    True, which I actually need for full extension with my right wrist. But here is a question, does the shape of your pec muscles have a better symmetry with the bench? Not really sure because I mostly use dbs, but I don't have "perfect" symmetry....

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    Quote Originally Posted by boxingorilla View Post
    Good stuff, and yea when I use db's I have to make sure I am using just under my max when I don't have someone to spot...which doesn't allow for fast progress. My right wrist healed at a slight angle to the left (when looking at the back of my hand) this means I can't get a full extension with my right arm on the bench, with db's its easier...
    i recently decided not to use a spotter, just for self motivation to get that damn bar up and not rely on help.

    but i have seen lots of people use the squat rack for a fail safe if you cant lift the bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    Dumbbells can be a bit tough logistically when you get up in weight. Barbells are easier to deal with a lot of weight. I think that is the main advantage. At my current gym, d-bells only go up to 150, so that is a problem, too. All that aside, I think there are things to be said for both exercises. I've always thought of Barbell work as my main mass work, and d-bells as kind of an accessory. Just my 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    Dumbbells can be a bit tough logistically when you get up in weight. Barbells are easier to deal with a lot of weight. I think that is the main advantage.
    that is because with a barbell the muscles can load share. the muscles on the dominant side can help assist the weaker side, can't do that with db's..
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    yeah, power. I've never seen anyone except pros and semipros benching 250-300 with dumbells. You can do heavier weights with standard bench press olympic bar

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    Quote Originally Posted by MDR View Post
    Dumbbells can be a bit tough logistically when you get up in weight. Barbells are easier to deal with a lot of weight. I think that is the main advantage. At my current gym, d-bells only go up to 150, so that is a problem, too. All that aside, I think there are things to be said for both exercises. I've always thought of Barbell work as my main mass work, and d-bells as kind of an accessory. Just my 2 cents.
    Quote Originally Posted by boxingorilla View Post
    True, which I actually need for full extension with my right wrist. But here is a question, does the shape of your pec muscles have a better symmetry with the bench? Not really sure because I mostly use dbs, but I don't have "perfect" symmetry....
    genetics determines the shape of a muscle. diet and exercise only cause muscle cells to grow or shrink.

    the same goes for changing the angle at which an exercise is performed at. decline, incline and flat bench all work the exact same muscle groups the only thing that changes is the pattern of muscle fiber recruitment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by boxingorilla View Post
    Do to a recent (couple years ago) I have found that my bench press is more of a challenge. I prefer to stick with dumbells. Is there any difference in the way the muscle is developed with dumbells as opposed to the bench? Is one more effective then the other in working the chest? Do you guys have a preference?
    I prefer dumbbells for benching as I'm not the strongest animal in the gym and I hate to ask for spots. With dumbbells there's no reason. I have no problem kicking (or kneeing) the bells up to my shoulder and rolling back on the bench.

    Plus I have a sketchy shoulder and rotating my palms allows me to work around the iffy rotator or whatever is in there that's not feeling right all the time.

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    genetics determines the shape of a muscle. diet and exercise only cause muscle cells to grow or shrink.

    the same goes for changing the angle at which an exercise is performed at. decline, incline and flat bench all work the exact same muscle groups the only thing that changes is the pattern of muscle fiber recruitment.
    This.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boxingorilla View Post
    Is there any difference in the way the muscle is developed with dumbells as opposed to the bench? Is one more effective then the other in working the chest? Do you guys have a preference?
    I start with the heaviest weight on bench press at beginning of workout when I'm fresh, mainly because I work out at home without spotter. Then work down the sets to DB presses and inclines with less weight but get more ROM. Just like to hit from as many angles as possible. Purely preference tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablorivera View Post
    I start with the heaviest weight on bench press at beginning of workout when I'm fresh, mainly because I work out at home without spotter. Then work down the sets to DB presses and inclines with less weight but get more ROM. Just like to hit from as many angles as possible. Purely preference tho.
    in that situation it's best way to train at home alone. knock out heavy sets when energy levels are highest then do more reps. i did the same thing when I worked out a home by myself
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