Is DB better than BB for hypertrophy/adding mass or vice versa?

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  1. hootpie

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    Or are they the same/difference is negligible?
     
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    the BB compound lifts are best for mass supposedly, DB work the stabilizers and allow for more range of motion. Personally I notice more chest stimulation with db's.
     
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    I do BB compound lifts (deadlift, squat, clean and press etc), but I was thinking more specifically for chest. I'm assuming the greater range of motion and incorporation of stabilizers from using DB's would lead to greater overall mass (enough to warrant switching from BB to DB?).
     
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    bench :hsughno:
     
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    The proper amount of volume, intensity, and food is best for adding mass. Whether you use BB or DB or a machine (for the most part) doesn't matter too much.

    You're really not going to notice much difference. You'll probably be able to BB bench more than what you can DB press (ex. if you can bench 200, you'll probably DB press 70s, 80s or 90s, but probably not 100s). DBs might allow for a slightly larger stretch since you can bring them down a bit lower than you can with a BB bar that is hitting your chest.

    If in doubt, try both, see which you like better, and then do that one. Maybe change it up every so often.

    Don't forget to eat if you're trying to add mass. Getting enough protein is more important than whether you do BB bench press or DB bench press.
     
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    Trial & error, give it a try and see how it works for ya. Everyone is different.
     
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    Yeah...I'll switch to DB's as of today and work with them for a couple months and see how it compares to the progress I've made with BB.
     
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    You also use your "stabilizers" while using a bar.
     
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    include both in your training.....
     
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    This is something I wonder too. If BB is superior to DB because it uses fewer stablizers, then machines should be superior to either. On the other hand, if DBs are superior to BBs because they use more stablizers, than something like an overhead squat would make your legs grow faster than a back squat and we should all do bench presses while balancing on a stability board.

    I figure that BB and DB both hit the sweet spot in the middle of two extremes and they are both fairly comparable for development in my experience..
     
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    To a smaller degree... you silly bitch.
     
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    Do both, mix it up... not like you don't have enough time to incorporate both into it
     
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    The answer is they hit different spots with different intensity...

    If all you did was a machine, you''d have pretty fucked up looking pecs
     
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    :werd:
     
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    I've seen people that exclusively use hammer strength machines for pressing and they dont exactly have fucked up looking pecs
     
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    :confused: is it going to change the shape of your muscle or something??

    you could probably build an awesome body, mass wise, using just machines.
     
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    Not true...HAmmer Strenght ones are pretty sweet and work well for some. I dont like em cuz my shoulder hurts when I use em:wtc:
     
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    So I decided to go halfsies today...did my incline press with BB, then did my regular bench press with DB's. The way I do them, DB's definitely use more muscle and tire me out quicker at a much lower weight. Here's what I normally do with BB (I do flat after incline):

    15x95 (warmup)
    12x115
    10x135
    6x170

    And what I did today with DB's (I was tired overall, but still):

    12x40lb DB's per hand
    10x50
    7x60
    6x65 (had a spotter help me with last rep)
     
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    I would guess that changing your workout would to include both would be best.
     
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    I do both.
     
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    I do both, but at months at a time, like for the 4 months of summer i did BB Bench, now im switching back to DB bench, and ill switch back again in 4 months
     
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    BB bench kills my shoulders, so I do DB now and i actually like them a LOT better. Wish I had been doing them all along.
     
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    hammer strength are the best machines i've ever used... so i guess i agree, i was thinking of the chincy machines in my gym where you sit on a chair and press out...



    I notice doing DB presses, if i go slightly below perp. it builds the pec at the base of the shoulder better (guessing the increased range of motion)

    i've always been of the mindset to switch up exercises as it hits different parts of the muscle and gets you through plateaus...
     
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