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Dumbell vs Barbell bench press

View Poll Results: What do u think is more effective Db bench press or Bb for mass and shape?

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    Dumbell vs Barbell bench press

    What do u think is more effective Db bench press or Bb for mass and shape?

    And for tha love of God just answer tha fuckin question.
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    DB overall better I think

    Makes you have to lift and handle the weight

    requires more overall body strength and balance

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    Barbell....bigger weight=bigger muscles and strength.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ForemanRules
    Barbell....bigger weight=bigger muscles and strength.
    But do dumbells really take the stress of your shoulders?
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    I think they do for some exercises, I do barbell bench but will not do barbell inclene.....it puts too much pressure on my shoulser joints.

    I think its best to do both.
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    its gotta be barbells, im afraid. i suppose we can have an arguement over the shape part, but for mass, barbells.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ForemanRules
    Barbell....bigger weight=bigger muscles and strength.
    The fact that you can do more weight makes the barbell easier pound for pound. This makes the dumbbell the more effective tool because, for the same amount of weight, it's much more difficult to do the exercise with dumbbells.
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    DB for me. BB better for strength, but DB you get a better range of motion. Also for DB it's easier to drop set.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squaggleboggin
    The fact that you can do more weight makes the barbell easier pound for pound. This makes the dumbbell the more effective tool because, for the same amount of weight, it's much more difficult to do the exercise with dumbbells.
    So by this logic, concentration curls while standing tip toed on one foot are the ultimate bicep mass builder.

    Good to know!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudge
    So by this logic, concentration curls while standing tip toed on one foot are the ultimate bicep mass builder.

    Good to know!
    No. I realize you're joking, but read what I posted and think again. The DBs train the stabilizers much better, give you a greater ROM, and force your arms to balance and move the weight independently. The BB lets you use one arm as a crutch to the weaker one and use more weight because of this. It doesn't have as great of a ROM and is easier, so it allows you to use more weight. If you do a BB curl with perfect form, and then do one while rocking, you can use more weight rocking, but that doesn't make it a better exercise. That's basically the logic behind the BB group (other than saying that it works better for them, which I can't and am not arguing with).

    Want another example? Do flies the right way, then do them with the DBs touching your chest so you're just rolling them along. You can use a lot more weight this way, but more weight doesn't mean a better exercise. I'd expect most of the people standing behind the BB to think about this, but it seems this has escaped them.
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    If a barbell were to make a problem of one weaker problem worse, imagine how many people would have one huge side and one small side. Somehow I have benched over 400 and I dont think it was just one arm performing the task, hmm no problems with barbells here!

    Flys? Why would I do flys???

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    I cycle both, is that a bad thing?
    3 months of barbell then switch back to dumbells.

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    Bad? Nope.

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    Barbells all the way. I reckon that a workout should have a barbell pressing movement in it always. They're your meat and potatoes exercise for chest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Squaggleboggin
    If you do a BB curl with perfect form, and then do one while rocking, you can use more weight rocking, but that doesn't make it a better exercise. That's basically the logic behind the BB group
    bad form has nothing to do with my logic. muscle growth has everything to do with it.


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