Dumbell or Barbell benching

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Hey fellas, just wanted to get yalls advice on something. I really like benching with dumbbells vs a barbell. What are your thoughts, as in is a dumbbell press not as good for muscle growth as a barbell?
 

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That was my take to. My chest gets hit twice every week with my split so one day is bb the next db. I've just always felt better isolation with the db's
 

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Whichever you feel the most should be the primary movement, ride it out for as long as you're making progress. Mix in the other on occasion as well if you like.

I feel my chest so much more on DB presses. I just vary the angle from time to time, and add in machine work for volume. I just don't feel the BB in my chest as much, so I don't do them.
 

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Whichever you feel the most should be the primary movement, ride it out for as long as you're making progress. Mix in the other on occasion as well if you like.

I feel my chest so much more on DB presses. I just vary the angle from time to time, and add in machine work for volume. I just don't feel the BB in my chest as much, so I don't do them.
Definitely feel the db's more also
 

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My chest has always responded better to dumbbell presses vs the barbell bench. I do mix it up every once in a while but my go to for chest day is dumbbells. My focus is more bodybuilding style anyways so it works for me.


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Hey fellas, just wanted to get yalls advice on something. I really like benching with dumbbells vs a barbell. What are your thoughts, as in is a dumbbell press not as good for muscle growth as a barbell?
You can grow muscle with either one if you do the exercise correctly. The benefits of dumbbell benching are that it allows for the more natural positioning and for a greater range of motion, while barbell benching is easier to load and puts less physical stress on the spine.
 

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Dumbbell is when I started to see the most growth.
Strength stalled fast for me on barbell bench.

incline feels like I get the most activation.
 

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Hits your pecs from different angles .. it's so lovely.

With db's have a little fun ..

10 db incline presses / 10 db incline flys (superset) .... soon as you do 10 dd incline presses, do the flys.

Heck yeah .. mix it up a little. You can even just go for strength .. my best db flys is 40kg for 10, feels good - probably a little cheating, but who gives a shit if you feel good.

Just be careful, people with weak chest / shoulders can have injuries with heavier db movements.

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Hey fellas, just wanted to get yalls advice on something. I really like benching with dumbbells vs a barbell. What are your thoughts, as in is a dumbbell press not as good for muscle growth as a barbell?
Been doing 1 arm bench presses on the Smith machine!
Best to use dumbbells and barbell,
Always mixing it up
 

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I think of of a barbell bench press as a mover, a power lift where as the poundage is the goal and growth stimulus.
I think of dumbbell bench press as a builder, used to build and shape muscle.
Barbell is my primary, and I use builder exercises to strengthen the muscles associated with that.
I used db for range of motion and reps, no need to go gonzo on the weight.
 

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Everyone is different, so mix up to find what works for you.

I definitely go higher volume with dumbbells.

Im at a point with my shoulders, especially the left one, that i have to do barbell bench with a slight incline to reduce shoulder pain. I can still do flat dumbbell press though because my wrists are not locked.
 

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I start out with the bench press then move over to doing dumbbell presses when I work out chest. I find the dumbbell presses are better for chest muscle engagement/development, but I like incorporating the classic lifts into my routine.

My stepfather designed my current workout for me and dubbed it a "power building" style where I incorporate both strength training and body building style training into the same routine. Classic lifts for the strength portion first, then switch to machines/dumbbells/cables for the muscle building portion.
 

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Hey fellas, just wanted to get yalls advice on something. I really like benching with dumbbells vs a barbell. What are your thoughts, as in is a dumbbell press not as good for muscle growth as a barbell?
Why not do both?
 
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