Barbell vs Dumbbell
- 06-06-2010, 08:51 AM
Barbell vs Dumbbell
Which do you think is better? Working with a Barbell or a Dumbbell? Personally I think Dumbbells are better because you can isolate a certain part of a muscle group. Like sometimes I like to do single arm db incline bench presses to smoke one side of my chest and then do the other side. This is just my opinion and the gym Im currently at is lacking in equipment besides dumbbells.
- 06-06-2010, 09:18 AM
I think DBs are superior, with Barbells unless you really concerntrate on your weaker side you wont grow symetrically. Some excercises though such as barbell row are shown to better target muscles than DB row, but I tend to stick to DBs whenever I can.
- 06-06-2010, 12:40 PM
it all depends on your goals. switching between the two is the best thing to do to keep your body confused. abandoning either one completely is kinda dumb IMO.
06-06-2010, 02:08 PM
06-06-2010, 08:39 PM
06-06-2010, 10:37 PM
06-06-2010, 10:58 PM
One thing that I think that dumbbells are lacking is the definate ROM that a barbell provides. For instance touching your neck/chest to insure a quality rep instead of eyeballing it or 'feeling' the rep ensures that there's no cheating (even un-intentional) involved. Opinions on this?
06-06-2010, 11:59 PM
06-07-2010, 12:41 AM
06-08-2010, 07:09 AM
Well the gym on my COP is small and usually crowded. And by crowded I mean like 4 people in there. So I usually have no choice but to use Dumbbells. Besides I think they isolate certain groups better. But of course I use a barbell for deadlifts and squats.
06-08-2010, 07:30 AM
I've heard db deadlifts are actually quite nice.
If dbs are all you can get, go for it. They do work your muscles differently. I would try and get some bb presses in once a week or every other week just to keep that bb strength up, you can press from the squat rack pins, which is actually pretty good for that explosive strength going back up.
06-11-2010, 08:49 AM
As for the ROM I think you are completely correct . A BB will def keep you honest . I figure that anyone who is remotely serious about lifting , regardles of their motivation , should develop a good mind muscle connection right off the bat . Doing so will most likely ensure a clean lift no matter what you use . With DB's I actually go a little negative - as far below my chest as I can stretch . A basic yoga routine daily does help with being able to do that .
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