dumbbells are too light...

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    The dumbbells at my gym only go up to 120 lbs and are thus inadequate for incline bench press (120 x 12). I was wondering if I should switch to barbell (of which I am not a fan... do not get a very good burn) or would preexhausting my pecs by doing flyes be a good idea?
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    pre-exhaust would be one answer. But i wouldnt use pre-exhaust method for an extended amount of time. Its more of a plateau breaker than a long lasting routine. I understand your feelings regarding barbells since i have the same problem. (mines more regarding the range of motion that a dumbell gives me). Use pre-exhaust for a while but learn to adapt to the barbell as well. Really can stack some weight on there without having to worry about the weights every being too light for ya.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canadian champ
    The dumbbells at my gym only go up to 120 lbs and are thus inadequate for incline bench press (120 x 12).
    Damn dude. Why dont you just Load up two barbells? LOL
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    If you think thats bad you should of seen the one gym I went to. Only went up to 90s wtf!. Anyway I use pre exhaust all the time. I know most say use it sparingly but I use it quite often and get good results.
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    You guys don't know how lucky you are. I train at a Bally's & they got rid of all DBs over 85lbs about a year ago. None of the staff could explain why, I emailed Bally's cust. service a few times, & never got a response. I also would ideally like to have 120s+ for flat/incline presses.

    I've found that if I do all my BB presses first, then a few flyes to pre-exhaust, then I can use the 85s for 12 & it feels much heavier. That's your best bet.
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    Slow down your rep speed. Do your sets with a TRUE 3-5 second positive and negatives and work you way back up to the 120's.
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    Options:

    Slow down rep speed
    Use incline barbell
    Use smith machine
    etc.
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    Do you do incline first before you do flat? If you do do your flat first. Use preexhaustion before incline. Mabye that will help.
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