Thread: DB v BB bench
04-05-2005, 04:06 PM #1
DB v BB bench
what IYO is the pros/cons of dumbbell bench and barbell bench? i hit my chest once a week with about 15 sets going to failure each time. i switch between the exercises just to keep things regulated. i've heard that a press is a press, but it just seems like dumbbells work the outside of my pecs better.
04-05-2005, 05:30 PM #2New Member
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Dumbbells allow for a better stretch cuz you can go deeper, but barbell allows for a heavier lift equally more mass.
04-05-2005, 07:10 PM #3
I like to use dumbells because i go very wide on the way down(till my tricep is parallel witht he floor, and really flex at the top, really isolates the chest,i also noticed that this gives me a wider chest, and really gives me that "v" shape, i prefer dumbell
04-05-2005, 11:35 PM #4Originally Posted by Machdiesel
04-06-2005, 12:24 AM #5
i had the same ? and everyone is different, so what i do is.. incline dbs 3 set , then go bb flat bench for 3-4 sets, then do decline db's or bb's. basically i use both on my chest day, seems to work pretty good soo far.
04-06-2005, 12:40 AM #6
DBs will put on more mass.
04-06-2005, 05:20 AM #7Associate Member
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nothing compares to BB bench (incline or flat) for putting on muscle mass and increasing strength, as it allows you to use more weight still with good form.
however DB's give a better stretch and allow for a better contraction - whilst hitting the stabilisers harder than BB bench.
id advise most people to have the BB bench as the meat and potato exercise for chest - but dont be afraid to throw in a DB only chest workout every 3 or 4 weeks.
04-06-2005, 07:43 AM #8
You gotta do both. I will change it up every week, but each week will have a heavy barbell and heavy dumbbell excercise back to back. (incline/flat or flat/incline)
04-06-2005, 07:58 AM #9Originally Posted by West Coast All Star
yup yup. me too
04-06-2005, 11:38 AM #10
Controlled Line of Push, may eliminate shoulder impingment.
Can go to failure without a spot.
Greater Range of Motion.
Greater Contraction by flexing the pecs together.
Activates more muscle fibers than barbell bench.
Lacks specificity to the bar, so don't expect to get stronger on the bar.
Most gyms do not have heavy enough d-bells.
Requires a higher degree on Neurmuscular Effeciency, good and bad, depends
04-06-2005, 11:45 AM #11Originally Posted by Hypertrophy
04-06-2005, 12:19 PM #12
any and all shoulder damage done by barbell bench can be prevented by simply tucking your elbows instead of flaring them out
Originally Posted by sp9
04-06-2005, 12:30 PM #13Originally Posted by Dude-Man
04-06-2005, 03:25 PM #14Originally Posted by rinikulous
04-06-2005, 03:37 PM #15Originally Posted by Dude-Man
Interesting..I haven't done BB in over a year due to a bad shoulder. All I do is DB which is much easier..I will try tucking them in....
04-06-2005, 03:47 PM #16Member
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I do that for close-grip to hit tri's . Dosn't it seem you cant push as much weight tucking?
04-06-2005, 09:44 PM #17Originally Posted by sp9
04-07-2005, 12:26 AM #18
i noticed my shoulder hurting as well on BB bench so i tucked my elbows in and i also don't go all the way down anymore. i go about 1/2-1 inch above. i believe this works it better b/c the chest is always being work, i feel like when i go all the way down i use my shoulders to initiate the press again (even with the elbows tucked).
but all the same i still think DB gives better shape to the chest.
04-07-2005, 12:30 AM #19Originally Posted by Machdiesel
quick question tho, i can't get my inside middle portion of my chest worth crap. if i flex my chest i have a decen wall on the bottem and top, but the middle kinda lacks. any words of wisdom?
04-07-2005, 12:35 AM #20Originally Posted by sp9
04-07-2005, 10:23 AM #21Originally Posted by rinikulous
Plus I have floor mats, theirs no need for a spot. If you have trouble kicking them up and getting going, drop em. Go to complete failure, drop em.
Just personally after lifting weights for 20 years now the shoulders are much happier with dumbbells, wrists are happier with dumbbells as well, when it comes to curls. I do feel dumbells are great for shaping the muscle.
When you hit your mid-thirties or higher it starts to become about being as safe as possible and removing as much risk of injury as you can so you can keep in better shape then most people 15 years younger.
Eventually the human body fails though. Look at eastwood who lifted weights right through his fifties. Even stallone will be 60 this year. But those two guys were in great shape for multiple decades longer then the average joe.
Last edited by sp9; 04-07-2005 at 10:26 AM.
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