- Bench press: dumbells vs. barbell
Facts is; if its easy it ain’t working. Dumb bells allow a more focused isolation move whereas an Olympic bar gets more muscles working at the same time hence why you find it harder.
If you’re doing it right it should NEVER get easy. Increase weight and mix it up when it does.
Keep to big moves first ie squats, dead lifts, bench presses and pull ups. Then do your isolation stuff after. It will hurt more but will stimulate test’ production and more growth.
Add more weight and reduce reps for strength and vice versa or endurance. Or 6 weeks of each and you’ll see big increases.Posted 5 years agoarrpeeMember
Tend to use dumbbells for this sort of this sort of thing myself. Seem to recall reading something about their conferring some arcane physiological advantage over a barbell. Is there anything in this, or is it a pile of gash?
In practical terms, dumbbells do let me work without someone to spot. However, I’m beginning to think that a barbell might be easier to achieve progress with, as it would allow me to add smaller increments more often (cast dumbbells only in my gym, going up in 2 kg increments).Posted 5 years ago
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