dumbbell bench press in place of barbell?

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  1. Casino

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    I'm going to have to lift for a month without a spotter. The only workout I do that really requires on is barbell bench press. Is dumbbell bench a good alternative to barbell for a month? I want to make sure Im working the same muscles, and that when I do go back to barbell after a month I won't lose any progress.
     
  2. MaineSucks

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    Just ask for a spot, everyone is usually helpful
     
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    you will be fine, in fact, it will probably help you to switch it up for a month since im pretty sure db bench hits your pecs a little differently
     
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    ask for a spot

    it's no big deal
     
  5. Skeletor

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    nothign wrong with it, i prefer DB.
     
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    you'll lose strength on BB bench if you strictly DB bench for a month.
     
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  8. Casino

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    THats what I'm worried about, I guess I'l just ask for a spotter for bb
     
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    Not true in my case... On chest days I began doing a pyramid with dumbells in place of my pyramid using the bar, and when I came back to the bench 3 weeks later, my max had gone up significantly.

    I believe dumbells with proper form can be great to switch to from a barbell workout due to using a variety of different stabalizer muscles and requiring a strong concentration on form.
     
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    I do nothing buy DB bench.
     
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    Yeah I don't feel like dorking around trying to get a spotter so I do the same.
     
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    so? depending on goals, that can be a complete non-issue.
     
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    did you read the thread?
     
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    I'm in the same boat. I would hate to ask for a spotter since I'm doing 3-4 sets and I can't call on the guy 3-4 times and I don't want him to feel like he has to hang around to wait on me. I've been doing BB with lighter weights and do DB right after.
     
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    We've been over this before. Cliff notes are this: DB's are a great tool, but if you're using them as the meat & potatoes of your workout, you are missing out. Do what you can to use a barbell first, do what you want with secondary/etc exercises.
     
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    Same here, and my BB max is horrible. :wtc:
     
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    what do you press on DBs?
     
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    I rep 115's on flat, 100lb Db on incline. My max on flat DB is 125 with a spotter. Never tried to max on incline Db because of shoulder related problems.

    My max on BB is 325, and if I said I've benched more than 10 times in the last 5 years I've been lifting I would be exaggerating. I really don't use BB at all which probably has hurt my progression. :hs:
     
  21. TheWeasel

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    I've been benching for a couple years now without a spotter. Never used collars (you can dump the weights off the side if you have to but I've never had to). I'd suggest always doing dumbbell press in addition to bench presses.
     
  22. Casino

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    So if I do DB for a month, and I get a lot stronger on DB, I won't get stronger at all on BB? I think I'm just going to do BB whenever I can, but I'll also do DB.
     
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    325 is not a bad bench.

    I do the 105's for 12 incline and the 125's for 14 or so flat. I'm happy. :dunno:
     
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    I've been doing DB bench for a little over a year now. I only do BB once every couple months just too see where i'm at.

    I started over a year ago doing 35lb DBs, and last week i got 80lb'ers up 7 times. So as expected, your chest will still get stronger with DBs.

    I worked out at my house for a year, and have been working out at a gym for about 3 months now. When I first joined the gym I could do 200 BB bench. I just got up 225 BB bench the other week, doing all DB benching in between.

    I like DB. I feel like it works my forearms and other auxiliary muscles better.
     
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    you shoudl switch to db for a month and report back on your progress :dunno:
     
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