Any downsides to all dumbbell workout?

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  1. blackbirdbeatle

    blackbirdbeatle New Member

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    I'm 180lbs and looking to stay that way at 6'1". So I'm not big but I'm fit (If I spent 3 years and got big I'd have to quit going to my favorite caves and rock climbing might be a bitch. Plus I like my current kayak and snowboard). I had free gym access and now I don't so I'm considering doing this at home.

    I received a crap ton of dumbbells from a relative and an adjustable bench. The dumbbell pairs range from 20lbs to 80lbs and he made perfectly balanced (Was an engineer and was bored) 100, 120 and 140lb dumbbells.

    No barbell and I was wondering will squats and deadlifts be as effective with these weights as with my previous barbell exercises, assuming it's similar weights? Are there any downsides to an all dumbbell routine? I know it's alright for most exercises but what about compound ones?

    If I just want to maintain my current weight and strength and some of the exercises I listed won't be as effective, are there any substitute ones that you can do with heavy dumbbells that could supplement these?

    Thanks.
     
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    I've used dumbbells exclusively, the biggest problem I found was hitting my back effectively..I'd recommend a pull up bar at least.
     
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    hard to do squats and deads
     
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    :ugh:

    No need
     
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    do split squats and other unilateral stuff. you can pick up a bar and plates for cheap on craigslist..might want to consider it, then you could do deads, military press etc
     
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    db bent over rows is off the chain girl
     
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  8. Julius

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    if you're an unbalanced retard, then yes
     
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    I do have a pull-up bar and a backpack I can strap tight to me and add weights. I'll look into a bar and some plates if it's necessary.
     
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    You act like you're going to grow like the Hulk if you do heavy barbell exercises.

    Use the dumbbells, use barbells, go heavy. Can't get much more simple than that.
     
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    pull ups have worked better for me.
     
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    good luck trying to do anything but a hack/belt style squat with DBs :squint:
     
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    Well I never said that or implied that. I just asked if there was any faults in someone wanting to stay fit, not get huge, with an all dumbbell routine. If there are any key muscle groups that won't be hit with a variety of dumbbell exercises. Obviously 180-190lbs doesn't require insane amounts of weight training and supplements and eating 6kcal a day to maintain. But if I don't train I revert back into 160lbs.

    I swim a lot and doing a hundred laps of butterfly keeps my back in pretty good shape. That might complement a weaker deadlift with dumbbells. I don't know though. Like I said though, my goal isn't massive gains in weight or strength.
     
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    you work out at a gym that has a "cardio cinema" and you want to talk about whether squats and deadlifts are needed in a workout routine? :rofl:
     
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    No it's fine.
     
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    db RDLs are nice
     
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    The Great Deceiver 21st Century Schizoid Man

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    You'll get more defined with free weights.
     
  19. 4cd-Air

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    hundereds of swimming laps will suck the muscle right off your bones if you aren't eating and lifting heavy outside the pool, squats and deads will be a must
     
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    if you have db's you can mimmick a front squat pretty easily, nothing wrong with them if thats all said person has. Shit reverse lunges off a box or step ups are fine too .
     
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    no you wont you sack of shit
     
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    Free weightsgenerally engage more of the body's muscles during a workout. Because you are not relying on resistance or other support to stabilize the weight, you improve coordination as well. Forcing you to use balance and form, and putting you in a natural position to execute the movement properly.

    Machines ftmfl fucktard.
     
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    The thread is about dumbbells vs barbell, not free weights vs. machines idiot. :hsugh:

    It's a motherfucking Golds. :hsugh:
     
  25. 4cd-Air

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    this post has nothing to do with how wrong the statement "freeweights will get you more defined" actually is. I will not get into why it's wrong because it's more fun to watch neo do it
     
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