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mass121
11-18-2017, 11:45 AM
Which do you guys prefer, barbell or dumbbell?
I've always did barbell until about a year ago while I was on cycle. My pops (old school lifter) sugested going to dumbells for more range after I continuously bitched about the lack of growth and pump (weight went up, but not size) and i tried everything over the years. Running the plate racks/pyramids, to lower weight with 20 reps or to failure sets. I liked how my pecs felt like they were seizing along my sternum to across my chest with each lift of the dumbbells and finally achieving descent pumps with being able to get lower than with the barbell.

jramseyrob
11-18-2017, 12:03 PM
I used to PL so barbell for me. However, I now incorporate DB sets as well. I wish I had done so when I was competing. I feel with the increased range of motion with DB's I can strengthen the bottom of the bench press.

ResistingNut
11-18-2017, 04:58 PM
I prefer to do bench press, however, lately, I have been doing a lot of dumbbell work with my chest. I can get a lot lower like you said and really get a good pump in.

MindlessWork
11-18-2017, 05:05 PM
I do both barbell and db, switching them up once in a while.

ResistingNut
11-18-2017, 06:28 PM
I do both barbell and db, switching them up once in a while.

Iíve been doing Barbell one week and then db the next, if I hit chest twice a week Iíll do db and Barbell. I canít wait to hit the gym Monday. Been out for almost a week.


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MindlessWork
11-18-2017, 06:32 PM
Iíve been doing Barbell one week and then db the next, if I hit chest twice a week Iíll do db and Barbell. I canít wait to hit the gym Monday. Been out for almost a week.


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Ya I feel your pain...I been sick the past days and my attempt at going to the gym today failed miserably as got gassed out quick on the stairmaster. Hoping to recharge tomorrow so I can hit the bench with full force Monday.

ResistingNut
11-18-2017, 06:37 PM
Ya I feel your pain...I been sick the past days and my attempt at going to the gym today failed miserably as got gassed out quick on the stairmaster. Hoping to recharge tomorrow so I can hit the bench with full force Monday.

Yessire. Nothing like starting the week off with some chest! Feel better brother! Positive energy my friend!


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MindlessWork
11-18-2017, 06:42 PM
Yessire. Nothing like starting the week off with some chest! Feel better brother! Positive energy my friend!


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Thanks brother...and same to you all who had the misfortune of catching the nasties.

Rot-Iron66
11-18-2017, 10:36 PM
I do prefer BB Bench Press. But, with seriously fecked up shoulders, I switch it up, and use the DB's.
Ive always done both anyways, but if I cant flat bench, I go heavy (for me) w/ dumbbells. The 115's are fine for me.
After 40 years of lifting, I can barely get my hands to head to wash my hair in the shower. (Torn delts of peace) :)

ResistingNut
11-19-2017, 06:29 AM
I do prefer BB Bench Press. But, with seriously fecked up shoulders, I switch it up, and use the DB's.
Ive always done both anyways, but if I cant flat bench, I go heavy (for me) w/ dumbbells. The 115's are fine for me.
After 40 years of lifting, I can barely get my hands to head to wash my hair in the shower. (Torn delts of peace) :)

I thought you were going to say itís because youíre so swole not because of torn delts!


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mass121
11-19-2017, 07:04 AM
I'll use the BB when going with heavier weight or finishing out chest.

MindlessWork
11-19-2017, 08:02 AM
I'll use the BB when going with heavier weight or finishing out chest.

Yeah, the heavy sets done with bb then lighter ones to finish out sets using db. A great pump you get out of that.

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I do prefer BB Bench Press. But, with seriously fecked up shoulders, I switch it up, and use the DB's.
Ive always done both anyways, but if I cant flat bench, I go heavy (for me) w/ dumbbells. The 115's are fine for me.
After 40 years of lifting, I can barely get my hands to head to wash my hair in the shower. (Torn delts of peace) :)

Gotta get your woman to wash your hair for you :p

CRAZY DOSER
11-19-2017, 11:58 AM
Dumbbell, dumbbell and dumbbell once again.

CoachCabo
11-20-2017, 05:24 AM
Which ever you choose, be sure only do decline. Scream a lot and if using dumbbells, drop them in fantastic fashion after last rep.
Get up, look around to see who's watching then IMMEDIATELY check FB status.
Now, your chest probably will never grow but you'll get some decent triceps and by golly, you'll feel really strong.

Oldschool
11-20-2017, 06:56 AM
I do prefer BB Bench Press. But, with seriously fecked up shoulders, I switch it up, and use the DB's.
Ive always done both anyways, but if I cant flat bench, I go heavy (for me) w/ dumbbells. The 115's are fine for me.
After 40 years of lifting, I can barely get my hands to head to wash my hair in the shower. (Torn delts of peace) :)

Thats why I switched to pushups.
Too old to hurt all the time.

Vision
11-20-2017, 08:11 AM
Thats why I switched to pushups.
Too old to hurt all the time.

you and me both..

Dirkdiggler
11-20-2017, 08:43 AM
I've read reverse grip bench is easier on the shoulders. Anyone do it?

Vision
11-20-2017, 08:45 AM
I've read reverse grip bench is easier on the shoulders. Anyone do it?

seated machine is best IMO

uberdawg
11-21-2017, 06:17 PM
Dumbell for me. Shoulers can't do BB anymore. Actually hammer strength/cybex machine incline(the kind where you load your own plates) have been a life saver for me.