DB Weight vs. BB Weight

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  1. Cyrus The Virus

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    Does anyone know if there is a ratio here? Is it a direct relationship?

    If you bench with 40lb DBs, does that mean you can only bench 80lbs on the BB?

    Its only my thrid week of lifting but I'd still feel like a pussy if so :hsd:
     
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    Kinda confusing cause when I started out I started with about 85-90lbs on the barbell but could only do 20lbs with dumbbells. Now I am up to 140lbs and doing 45-50lbs with the DB, but when I worked my way up to 120lbs I could still do 30-35lbs with the DB.

    Its harder to do individual weights (db) than with both hands (bb)

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    there really is no direct relationship, but generally you should be able to do around 85% of what you can do with a BB.
     
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    You should at least be able to do 80% of what you do on DB
     
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    Would there be any reason to be able to lift more weight with DB's than BB? More than 80% that is. I rep 75's but can't rep 190 on the bench. :hs:

    Bad form? I haven't really pushed my bench though since I don't work with a spotter. That's why I use DB's.
     
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    if you do most of your work with DB's, then yes. Which is why i said there really is no direct correlation. You have to train both equally in order for any type of estimation to apply.
     
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    I just wanted to make sure that I could bench more than 80lbs if I tried. That seems really low even for someone just starting out :o
     
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    Work them both, who cares how they relate. The goal is to get bigger/stronger/faster not strength in one movement proportional to strength in another
     
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    until i join a gym I'm using DBs at home. Everyone else talking about benching obviously refers to BB weight. So I was just curious how DB weight related.
     
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    Awesome, all that DB work will really payoff when you get to the bar. DB work is great for the push off the chest.
     
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    There is no reason why you should be able to do more with DB's than with a BB. The only (invalid) reason I can think of would be that you aren't doing the same range of motion or your form is totally different.

    I think most people should do most work with a barbell. It's underrated.
     
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    well, looks like i'd better start bb benching again
     
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    i haven't DB benched in months now and over that time my flat bench has improved from 275 x 3-4 to 315 x 3-4. I was DB pressing 120's for 4-5 at the time. I'm going to try DB pressing today and see if any of that increase automatically carries over.
     
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    I'm interested to hear how it goes.
     
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    For me my DB did increase after I did more barbells even though I haven't hit dumbells for months.
     
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    how come i can press more weight with DB's for shoulder press compared with the BB, i can do like 70x4 on DB shoulder, but i can only get like 135x3 with BB
     
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    I recall Dave Tate saying that he now uses DB because he has shoulders problems and DB it hits mostly the pecs while triceps/shoulders can be used a lot more with BB.
    I don't think DB and BB strength are all that related though, I have yet to hear about someone lifting 400 lbs DB while 800+ lbs BB bench is not lightweight in powerlifting.
     
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    i worked up to the 120's today for 6 relatively easy reps, no lift or spot. I also already benched heavy on monday and i'm always weaker if i press again on thursday in general. I have no doubt that if i do db's fresh next monday i could get the 130's for a few reps. So it seems that in this case i did get some automatic strength carryover from my recent BB work.
     
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