DB Press vs. Bench Press

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  1. Falconer

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    I've been out of the gym for over a year due to medical issues (undiagnosed gastro issues, went to 8 doctors, 4 specialists, had every test under the sun, all inconclusive. Good way to lose weight, tho).

    For the 6 months before my 1 year leave, I had to stop doing bench press because it was hurting my left wrist, so I started doing DB presses instead.

    I've recently started going to the gym again and I'm doing DB presses because they never bothered my wrist, and I don't want to risk it when benching anymore. My wrist hasn't hurt in a year and I don't want it to start again if benching was the cause.

    Is there some sort of conversion table for DB presses vs. bench presses? Intuitively you would think that DB pressing a pair of 50s would be = to bench pressing 100lbs but obviously pressing the 50s is a lot harder.

    Also, for you guys who do DB presses exclusively, what do you do about the heavy ones? I never had an issue with heavy benching (sometimes I'd need a spot to help unrack it), but the heavy DBs are kind of unwieldy and I could see myself getting really unstable trying to balance them, then lean back onto the bench and staying steady the whole time. I'm a skinny guy on a small frame.
     
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    have you tried getting some gloves with wrist wraps and stretching out your wrists first?
     
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    there's no problem with using DB instead of BB. I personally use them more often because I feel like it isolates better and puts less stress on the shoulders. Getting up the heavy DBs is pretty easy, easiest way is by watching others and see how they do it. Everyone has their own methods. I personally deadlift mine off the ground, then place them on my quads, and when I'm ready I lean back and press them up. It's the first rep that's a bitch, but after that, it should be cake.
     
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    you can still have somebody spotting you while using DB... the spotter can support your triceps
     
  5. BoypussY

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    i prefer dbs when lifting alone cause i dont need to have someone spot me when i'm going to failure..which i like to do on most of my sets. Plus if i do have someone spotting me, it's only to help me get in a few extra reps.
     
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    love db, pretty much all i do. ill switch it up every 3 weeks or so just to see how bb feels but thats about it. just have better range and movement, dont need a spotter, works stabilizers, etc.


    <3 db
     
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