Elbow positioning in DB Presses

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    Elbow positioning in DB Presses


    I didn't want to jack the other post about DB Presses and whether or not to touch your chest with the DBs.

    But I see a lot of people do DB presses differently. I'm wondering which way hits the chest more keeping your arms perpendicular to your body or keeping your upper arms at a 45 degree angle from your body.

    From a functional stand point I assume the 45 degree is better but it also hits my triceps pretty hard which is fine but since I stopped lifting heavy on BB presses the DB press has become my primary chest exercise.

    Any input would be great thx.

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    I do them somewhere in between perpendicular and 45 degrees. 45 degrees is far to rigid for me, and isolates specific muscles too much and doesnt hit the entire chest. As a rule I try and keep the dumbells at my nipple area and just push up. The arms will go where they want to to get the weight up - usualy somewhere inbetween 45 degrees and perpendicular to your body.

    The whole point of doing DB presses is get a better range of motion so dont restrict your self too much. Play around with it and see what works best for you to get a pump.
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    I am somewhere around 45 degrees because it is a more comfortable position. I would rather lift safely and avoid injury than try to have a little more chest mass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gixxer82 View Post
    Focus on bringing those DBs to your lower chest. The more you rotate outwards perpendicular the more load the shoulders take.
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    great thx guys.
  

  
 

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