Elbow positioning in DB Presses

  1. vision
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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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.
    M.Ed. Ex Phys

  4. 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.
  5. vision
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    great thx guys.



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