Barbell vs. Dumbbell bench

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  1. myndLess

    myndLess New Member

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    Lately I've been using dumbbells for my bench presses... should there be a difference in weight that I can bench with dumbbells than with a bar? I'm finding I can't do as much with the dumbbells :wtc:
     
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    Thats normal
     
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    myndLess New Member

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    How much less should it be, generally?
     
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    it varies person to person
     
  5. dank

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    maybe 15-20% less with the dumbells. its because you have to stabilize the dumbells, with the bar all you do is push up.
     
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    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    you still have to stablize with the bar
     
  7. MaineSucks

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    thats normal - as stated before you need to stabilize more using dumbells.

    My work sets on BB bench usually go up to 325/30x5 But I can usually only get 140's for my heaviest workset - depends on energy.

    dont worry - you are normal
     
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    dank fuck yeah

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    compared to dumbells you have to stablize very little
     
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    side question, according to bobybuilding.com, barbell is used for mass where as dumbbells are used for more conditioning rather than mass,true?
     
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    true, but you use a lot more than you think

    try benching on a smith machine
     
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    I don't think so. I saw my largest gains hypertrophy-wise while I was using db's. I think conditioning/mass has more to do with number of reps, not db vs. bb.
     
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