01-17-2006, 08:02 PM #1
dumbbells strength compared to barbell strength
if i can flatbench 225 12 times how would this correlate to flatbench dumbbells. should i be able to do 110's or 115's 12 times. so if i used 110lb dumbbells it would add up to about 220. this is about what i can do but my lifting partner can do alot more poundage with dumbbells vs the flat bench barbell. is it different for every person? should u be able to use more weight for one then the other?
01-17-2006, 08:12 PM #2Originally Posted by operationgetbig
usually db's are more difficult for most people than barbells. If you can bench 225 for 12 reps, then you'd probably db press 100's/12. But I'm a rare case with this myself, I can do more reps with db's as opposed to barbells. I love them b/ I'm able to keep the db's tighter to my chest and eliminate alot of shoulders with my chest work. I have these genetically overpowering shoulders that always take over my barbell stuff, I could go w/out training shoulders at all and they'd still look cannon ball to most people. I like some of the hammer strength chest machines as well, I'm able to adjust the seat height so I tend to push from my abdomen more and not the shoulders, hitting my chest much harder. I never do barbell presses anymore, almost everything is db's and I love it, no shoulder or joint problems, no pec tears, just solid results.
01-17-2006, 08:14 PM #3Originally Posted by operationgetbig
`good quetion.. im also curious about this topic as i was just thinking the same thing only from dumbell bench to flat bentch???
id also apreciate some help here if you dont mind
01-17-2006, 08:21 PM #4Originally Posted by stayinstacked
01-17-2006, 08:22 PM #5Originally Posted by operationgetbig
01-17-2006, 08:24 PM #6
Its different for everyone. I have seen people that can rep out 315 for 10 reps on barbell and struggle with 100s on dbs
01-17-2006, 09:47 PM #7Originally Posted by stayinstacked
I'm with you bro, I can't really do Flat bench anymore. Hurts my shoulder too much.
01-17-2006, 10:15 PM #8
From what I have seen, it is the uncoordinated guys that have trouble with dumbells. Two guys that I train with are very strong on the exercises that do not require coordination.
Example: Lets say that me and my training partner are doing this chest routine and he has more absolute strength than I do.
Machine Press (no coordination required): He will lift a considerable amount more than me.
Barbell Press (some coordination required): We lift about the same.
DB press (requires signifigant coordination): I lift a considerable amount more than he.
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