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    Stabilizer muscles?

    Ok, so the gym I go to only has a smith machine for bench press. I've heard that it's not ideal because it doesn't require you to use your stabilizer muscles and people typically lift more weight on a smith. I think I've been doing this too much maybe, because today I tried bench pressing with dumbbells for the first time and it was hard as hell. On a smith I can do over 200 pounds, but with dumbbells I was wobbling all over the place with 2 50's. I ended up doing like 5 sets of 10 with 45's in each hand, just taking it slow and trying to have good form.

    Any thoughts/tips? I only just started using free weights and I feel like I shoulda been using them all along.
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    DB's work your stabilizer muscles very well. Keep using those and do flat bench, or maybe just use DB's for a little while then try flat bench ( free weight ). Your on the right track, just stick with it, your stabilizers will strengthen quick.
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    Originally Posted by swearujacked View Post
    Ok, so the gym I go to only has a smith machine for bench press. I've heard that it's not ideal because it doesn't require you to use your stabilizer muscles and people typically lift more weight on a smith. I think I've been doing this too much maybe, because today I tried bench pressing with dumbbells for the first time and it was hard as hell. On a smith I can do over 200 pounds, but with dumbbells I was wobbling all over the place with 2 50's. I ended up doing like 5 sets of 10 with 45's in each hand, just taking it slow and trying to have good form.

    Any thoughts/tips? I only just started using free weights and I feel like I shoulda been using them all along.
    Smith machines are a joke, I highlighted the key to gettin jacked son. Btw, try to find a new gym...
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    Thanks guys.

    Yeah the gym I belong to now is a joke, but I'm hesitant to join a new one cause I'm going to college in 3 months and my college just had a great new gym built.
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    Originally Posted by swearujacked View Post
    Thanks guys.

    Yeah the gym I belong to now is a joke, but I'm hesitant to join a new one cause I'm going to college in 3 months and my college just had a great new gym built.
    just do a 3 month summer membership, thats what I am doing in about 2 weeks when I move.
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    I <3 DB bench

    70s
    5 sets x 8 reps now

    Going to get the 75s in no time. Ive noticed they are helping with my chest ALOT.

    Originally Posted by TJ2389 View Post
    just do a 3 month summer membership, thats what I am doing in about 2 weeks when I move.
    Your moving (your the tj from my gym right?)?
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    Originally Posted by catsonfire View Post
    I <3 DB bench

    70s
    5 sets x 8 reps now

    Going to get the 75s in no time. Ive noticed they are helping with my chest ALOT.



    Your moving (your the tj from my gym right?)?
    Ya, whole family is moving to Seattle, WA and then im going to do the college thing at Gonzaga.
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    Originally Posted by TJ2389 View Post
    Ya, whole family is moving to Seattle, WA and then im going to do the college thing at Gonzaga.
    You want to move or you mad?
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    Originally Posted by catsonfire View Post
    You want to move or you mad?
    Naw, I like it out there
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    Just so everyones knows... there are no specific "stabilizing muscles". Every muscle in your body is a stabilizer muscle, just so everyone gets that clear and knows that there is no group of muscles called "stabilizer muscles". BUT free weights will require more stabilization around the joint so your muscles will have to work to balance the weight more.
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