Dumbells Vs Barbells

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  1. AU1977

    AU1977 White Belt

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    What is more effective to work with?
    I try to use dumbells where possibly due to the greater amount of stabilizing muscles needed to control them.
    I can shift more weight with a barbell though so if I am aiming for maximal power is this not more effective?
    I also dont like the fact if I am doing 1 arm dumbell lifts such as a snatch, or clean and press and I am doing 3-4 reps then my body actually has to perform 6-8 reps in total as you need to do work both sides of the body equally. This means that my body/nervous system fatigues as it is working for a longer period of time.

    What do you prefer and why? what excercises are best performed with barbells? and which with dumbells?
     
  2. Donut62

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    Both.
     
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    I use barbells more often just because the max load is usually greater. I'll change up with dumbells every once in a while for upper body pressing though.
     
  4. Standard

    Standard Too dumb to learn, too stubborn to quit

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    Both are good


    You can also perform almost every lift 1 handed with a barbell even snatches and clean and press
     
  5. Jubacat

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    I use dumbbells because it is the only thing I have to work with.
     
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    i guess if i had to pick one or the other i would pick the barbell
     
  7. TheAth-ah-lete

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    I use both, but if I could ONLY use one or the other I would pick dumbbells.
     
  8. Quirks

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    I really like to use dumbells for lunges, rows, weighted pull ups and incline bench press. I use a barbell for flat benching, squats, deadlift, etc.

    I could use a barbell for the exercises I use the dumbells, except for weighted pull ups, and get the same results.

    That being said, I like to mix it up and use both.
     
  9. Urban

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    Yes.

    EDIT: What Urban said.

    but if the dumbbell is lighter than 60lbs or so it is useless to you, oh and no kickbacks, curls, etc.
     
  11. TheAth-ah-lete

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    Well I usually start with DB's heavier than 60lbs., but after the first 12-15 sets of curls my gunz are so wasted I can barely curl those little 2lb. pink dumbbells. That's ok if I prefatigued with heavy weights first right?














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  12. JinKazama

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    i like bbs
     
  13. magicman531

    magicman531 Try Sarah Topps Banned

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    I mainly train with dumbells. And your point about having to do double the reps isn't that big of a deal. You're using less weight. If I'm doing one arm clean and press with say, 120 pound dumbell for 6-8 reps, that's not as taxing as cleaning and pressing two 100 pounders at the same time. It takes longer to do it but it's rarely a problem of my muscles giving out due to the extra sets. Cardio wise, if you want to call it that, may have a little more because of the added sets. Not enough to deter me.
     
  14. Vedic

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    DB doesn't have to be over 60lbs to be effective. That's not even close to accurate.
     
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    Use dumbells most of the time and I do dumbells for like 2 mothns and then barbell for a couple of weeks and then go back to dumbells. Dumbells are better for overall functional strength and they will make your overall stronger
     

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