Using only Dumbbells

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  1. xXJonathanXx

    xXJonathanXx White Belt

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    Hey,

    I train at home and have a pair of adjustable dumbbells with pretty much unlimited weight( can always buy more).

    Does using only dumbbells put me in disadvantage to those using barbells? or is it the other way around?

    Do you guys know the weight ratios for using dumbbells rather than barbells in squats, military presses, benches, Dls etc.
     
  2. Old Man

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    Yes.
     
  3. Standard

    Standard Too dumb to learn, too stubborn to quit

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    No.
     
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    you can perform variations of classic barbell movements with your dumbells. so yes
     
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    Maybe so.
     
  6. Old Man

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    Barbells let you use more weight, dumbbells recruit muscles for stabilization. Ideally you would use both.
     
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    What was the question again?
     
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    Get a barbell.
     
  9. Urban

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    For best results you're going to want to use both a barbell and dumbells. But the same reps schemes and lifting principles apply for both: strive for quantifiable progress.
     
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    :( stolen
     
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    Enjoy squatting with your dumbbells. Let me know how that goes for you.

    Depends what you want to do, and how strong you are now. If you are obsessed about having the worlds most amazing shoulders and are doing side arm raises with your magnificent 185lb dumbbells, when then you've answered your own question. If you want functional strength, you need to get more equipment, or *gasp*, join a gym.
     
  12. hunto

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    Buy a barbell. If you can buy plates you can buy a bar.
     
  13. kava1

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    what he said
     
  14. takeahnase

    takeahnase watching the swarm

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    Like stability balls?
     
  15. Lusst

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    The more you use Dumbbells, you start developing little cuts all over your body. The longer you go using dumbbells, the more cuts you get.

    After a while, the cuts start to meld together and then you become one giant pussy.
     
  16. Red_Demon

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    I ONLY use stability balls. BB and DB are for pussies.
     
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    Hold on there young'un.
     
  18. Gold182

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    depends on what your doing. I would deadlift and squat with barbell all the time. But i change between dumbells and barbells for pressing movments every few months.
     
  19. SixTwoSix

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    What he said.
     
  20. bSquared949

    bSquared949 Guest

    you should do both.

    ex:
    week 1: barbell bench press
    week 2: dumbbell bench press
    week 3: barbell bench press

    etc...
     
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