Dumbbell bench Vs. Bar

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  1. exxoizzle

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    I have never benched using the Bar but I use Dumbbells to bench quite often. If I try to do the bar can I expect to do more? and if so how much more?
     
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    i don't there is an exact number or ratio, but keep in mind that the bench press is going to feel different from db presses.

    why don't you just add light weight lift with proper form, then add weight when necessary?
     
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    You can probably do bar weight = to what you would do at dumbells depending on your form when pressing them.

    If you've never barbell benched I'd go a little lighter till you get the form down.
     
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    typically bar weight will be more than dumbbell weight..

    start with the bar, add weight as necessary.
     
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    you can do more weight with the bar because its easier to stabilize vs 2 dbs
     
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    Yeah, I can do about 50lbs more on a bar than with dumbbells. I rep 2 100 dumbells but do 245-255 on the bar.
     
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    So working with the DB's are better right?
     
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    Not necessarily better, just different.
     
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    You should be doing both in your workout for best results.
     
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    I used to do DB press exclusively. Before I stoped doing them I could do 100s x 8-10 on the last set, it translated to about 225x8.
     
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    DB bench 125x6

    BB bench 325x6

    1:1.3
     
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    normally, people can press more using a bb.
     
  13. Skeletor

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    I use bar for heavy lifting... if I'm doing hypertrophy I use DB's because I like the feel of them better for that.
     
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    :eek3: strong
     
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    While I think DB's are a great tool, I strongly feel that BB is the meat and potatos of heavy training. IMO too many people neglect the BB lifts and their strength suffers for it.

    Spend most of your time with a BB and use the DB's as you see fit. There is nothing like a heavy bar in your hands.
     
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    :rofl::rofl::rofl:

    Do both.
     
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    yea as Ceaze said they are different. with DB's you work more stablizer muscles? someone please correct me if i am wrong
     
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    I prefer using the DB because I don't like getting the bar on my chest in case I fuck up

    I do 80 lbs DB each hand, 3x6 reps with incline bench, and 225 lbs 1 rep max bench with a bar
     
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    do reps with 85 DB and 215 BB
     
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    Mixing/alternating both into your workout routines is better (ex. db 1 day, bb 1 day, or incline db, and flat bb on same day)
     
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    i only use bb for my warm up. Then i use dbs for all my exercises. The first time i switched over to bb i had a hard time benching 135 for sets. But after a few weeks my strength started to balance out. I usually go up to 80x8-10 for inclines, and i know i could always do 205 at least once on bb.
     
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