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    Dumbell Bench vs Standard Bench

    I have been training hard for just over a year I have had pretty good results in size and stregth however my chest seems like it should be bigger and my bench press higher...

    I have been doing regular bench the whole time, I usually do some incline bench with dumbells however I was wondering if replacing the regular bench press with dumbell presses for awhile but I am concerned since I cant do as much weight with dumbells will this prevent me from gaining mass (not that my chest is gaining enough mass as is) Any suggestions/advice?

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    try db's their better IMO, each pec gets worked the same ammount.

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    I was told on here (can't remember who, funk or cowpimp) that as long as your doing horizontal pushing, it doesn't matter if it's BB or DB.


    Personaly, for chest I favour cable flyes over any other movement. My chest has grown nicely since I started using them.

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    Both are better....mix it up from time to time.
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    Ive said this before and Ill say it again..

    Back in the day, when I was concerned for strength numbers, my bench just fucking plateaued. SO I picked up some dumbells and like you, I was pretty weak. Didnt make any sense (at the time) that my DB press would be so much lower than my BB Press.


    HOWEVER.

    In a few months time, I sky rocketed on the DBs to the point that when I go to a new gym, I have to see how heavy the DBs go. If they only go to 120lbs, I wont go to that gym (coming from maxing at 80; repping 60s). AND. Only after DB pressing, did I ever get asked if I was on steroids. DBs made my upper body look what BBs never gave me.

    Now, if you grew up with DBs then switched to BBs, I wonder if the same 'look' would occur.
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    I've got two one-hundred-pound dumbells teasing me. I'm always tripping over them, having to move them around, brushing the spider webs off. They are too light for shrugs, way to heavy for curls. I can do a few flat flies w/ 80lb. dumbells but find them hard to discard after the last rep... in fear of ripping my chest from my torso. I aspire to be strong enough to manipulate them well enough to do shoulder presses. I could handle the presses - but can't throw them up into position yet.

    Is there a device or trick for this? I'd dump the BPs in favor of the greatly extended range of motion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimSnow View Post
    I've got two one-hundred-pound dumbells teasing me. I'm always tripping over them, having to move them around, brushing the spider webs off. They are too light for shrugs, way to heavy for curls. I can do a few flat flies w/ 80lb. dumbells but find them hard to discard after the last rep... in fear of ripping my chest from my torso. I aspire to be strong enough to manipulate them well enough to do shoulder presses. I could handle the presses - but can't throw them up into position yet.

    Is there a device or trick for this? I'd dump the BPs in favor of the greatly extended range of motion.

    I'm going to paint them flat black w/gold raised numbers, then put them back in the corner of my gym untill I'm worthy.



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    yeah..i just now found that i've gotten stronger w/db's. whenever i get stuckon bench, i switch to db's...last time i was stuck on bench at 265 i switched to db's and i could only do flat db presses w/ 80lbs for 6reps and by the time i switche back to bb i could do 90lb db's for 4. now that i'm stuck on bench @ 295lbs i switched to db's lastweek and now i can do 100lb db's for 4reps....but by the time i go back to bb i wanna be able to db press 120lb db's for 4-6 reps.

    Jim, whenever i do heave db presses i put a chair infront of me so i can rest the db on, 1 on the chair and the other on the ground. so i can heev up the one on the ground and cann easily tilt back the other db from the chair. then i rest them on my quads for a few sec. until i get ready to go for it.

    you you can purchase these, they hold the db's for you in position Power hooks

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    Thanks Ken! I'm gonna look into the hooks. Experience, you've got!



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    Quote Originally Posted by JimSnow View Post
    Thanks Ken! I'm gonna look into the hooks. Experience, you've got!



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    Can someone answer why I can dumbell press 105 for 4 but only bench 225 for 6 reps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boost777 View Post
    Can someone answer why I can dumbell press 105 for 4 but only bench 225 for 6 reps?
    maybe you hand position on the bar.

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    Are the dbs parallel or perpendicular to the length of your body?

    That would explain... nothing else could... if you're talking about flies, otherwise it sounds about right(enough).
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    8 months ago I could BB Bench Press 330lbs, but I couldn't DB Bench Press more than 120lbs. Soon after, my shoulder went to hell in a hand basket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimSnow View Post
    Thanks Ken! I'm gonna look into the hooks. Experience, you've got!



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