Is there anything you can do with a barbell that you cant with dumbells?

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  1. nebulous

    nebulous all it took was a blow to the head OT Supporter

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    So why ever use a barbell?
     
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    barbell squats
    barbell bench
    barbell curls
    barbell deadlifts
    barbell military press
    barbell rows
    barbell your head against a wall
     
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    if you cant tell the differences youre too new
     
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    nebulous all it took was a blow to the head OT Supporter

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    the bench is the only one of those that it doesn’t seem like you could do easily with dumbbells?

    I’m being serious. What are the benefits, besides better stability, that a bar offers?
     
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    nebulous all it took was a blow to the head OT Supporter

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    :werd: thats why I am asking :)
     
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    movements in which you wedge the end of a barbell into a corner and use the other end for different exercises
     
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    such as full contact twists.
     
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    I guess it would be rough trying to use chains on dumbells. Has anybody seen that?

    yeah that makes sense. But is a good rule of thumb, where dumbells can be used, they should be?
     
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    a mix of both should be used.

    more energy is required by stabilizers in DB movements, which means you have less energy for the primary muscle of the exercise (ie. chest in the bench press) so you're not working that muscle as hard as you could
     
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    kit99bar USPA Class 2, weak, old man!

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    squats would be hard to substitute dumbbells for.
     
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    then there is the fact that the average gym only has DB's that go up to 100-120lbs. So they wouldn't be good for a number of exercises like deads and squats cause I need a decent amount more than that.
     
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    It would be very hard to get strong without a barbell.
     
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    hehehe... dumbell deadlifts... deadlift squats....

    200lb dumbells...

    That'd be awesome.
     
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    increased load on bb due to grip limiting factors on dbs

    also, most dbs not heavy enough even if grip was ok
     
  15. el es dee

    el es dee ...through a cloud of chalk and the midst of pain.

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    clean and press? :dunno:
     
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    Actually you can do variations of most of those BB exercises.. just not the same weight..
     
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    t-bar rows
     
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    It would be much harder to fuck myself in the ass with a dumbell. I hate to even think about it.
     
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