Dumbbell to Barbell Ratio?

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  1. BrownShadow**

    BrownShadow** Blue Belt

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    Whats a good estimate if someone is used to working out with dumbbells and will start using barbells. I know its probably more since dumbbells do use more stability muscles but whats a good estimate/ratio/percentage?
     
  2. MatterOverMind

    MatterOverMind Pulling for you

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    For what lift?

    Not that it really matters. This is fucking stupid. Grab a barbell and find out.
     
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    dinpappa Purple Belt

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    The correct forumla to use is:

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    or simply as poster above stated, try it out yourself
     
  4. DrBdan

    DrBdan Something clever

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    Take the weight of the dumbbell, double it and start with that. Add 5 lb each workout and even if you start a bit too light it will quickly increase to a challenging weight.

    But seriously, I find a 3:2 ratio of "who cares?" to "WTF?" works well.
     
  5. ASUThermo

    ASUThermo Wide Right: ╚╦╝ ○

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    What’s the ratio of Stanley nickels to Schrute bucks? Same as the ratio of unicorns to leprechauns.

    I have seen college strength coaches recomend certain percentages to use from an athletes bar related max, but never dumbell to barbell.

    Advice: What they said...
     
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