I can bench more using Dumbells than I can using a Bar

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  1. exxoizzle

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    Thats not supposed to happen right?
     
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    Your form with dumbbells must leave something to be desired. Every time I've heard this story from someone, their range of motion with dumbbells was much less than with a barbell. The funny part of that is that people extoll the virtues of dumbbells in part due to the increased range of motion possible. Time to be honest with yourself and square your form away.
     
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    I've always made sure the DBs touch my arm pits
     
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    Hell that might be it
    I always thought I had good ROM on my lifts
    Ill have too go through it again
     
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    I'm going to agree with CPop--check your form. There's no way in hell I could bench more with DB's than I do with a BB.
     
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    weird, i'm nowhere close to my flat bench on db
     
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    lets see some numbers. whats your max flat bench and what are you dumbell maxing?
     
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    mine are pretty even. i can bench 225-230 for a rep with bb and 2-3 reps of 100lb dbs. that was when i switched between bb and db every week.
     
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    I've strictly DB pressed (no BB work I know I know) for almost a year now and I can rep the 100s like 5 times completely fresh, but hop on a bench after my workout when I'm totally fried and do 205x8 or more...

    I have no idea, I'm guessing your ROM is terrible
     
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    is it a good thing to only do DB or only BB on a chest day and then do the other on the next chest day???
     
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    Sometimes when I'm nervous I stick my dumbbells under my arms and then I smell them.

     
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    Do you never do barbell bench press and only do DB bench press? Maybe you have some weird CNS adaptive issue which would be easily corrected by barbell benching for a while.

    But I would bet it's your form like everyone else said.
     
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    bb bench/db bench... it's the same muscle group... how can CNS be so different btwn them???
     
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    theres nothing like a heavy bar in your hands.
     
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    i'm no expert, but i think you want the most variety. either do bb one session/db next, bb one week/bb next week, or bb couple months/db couple months.

    if you train by muscle groups, you can also do flat bb bench then an incline/flat/decline db bench next.

    i think the general rule of thumb would be to use both variations about equally. it wouldn't kill you if you just did just bb or just db, but variety is good.
     
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    Mostly use the barbell. DB's are a useful tool, but IMO not a great foundation builder. All hail the heavy barbell.
     
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    I know this is hard for some people to accept, mainly because they're fat and strong and get an ego boost from being a big bencher. But if you're not competing, what does a big bench give you back? Um, not much, unless you count injuries. Oh, and other fat strong dudes will admire you. Maybe you train to impress fat guys. I train to impress lean women. To each his own.
     
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