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    Dumbbell chest press for mass?

    Will the dumbbell chest press, help you gain mass just as well as bench press?
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    Sure, if you implement it correctly. Otherwise it's just like any other exercise
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    It's like any other exercise, it will work if you implement it correctly.
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    I feel it's a better movement in that you can guide the weights where you can feel the chest the best.
    So when pressing you can arc the DB's inward being able to contract the pecs better than with a bar.
    With a bar though you can usually use more weight which also stimulates muscle even though the range of upper arm movement is shorter.
    With DB's once you get to a heavy weight they become harder to get into position to press.
    In my prime i was able to get 150 pound dumbbells in position but it wasn't easy and uses a lot of energy.
    What might suggest if your just after chest/pec development use dumbbells for reps and not go below reps of 5's and really 8-12 reps would probably be best.
    For both of these exercises for chest you need a more outward position with the upper arms away from the body.
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    Only DBs for Chest Crew here

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    The body doesnt know what you are using while exercising, be it DB, BB or machine

    All it knows is you are adding stress (weight) to it and does it job, hopefully, by adapting to the stress
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    Originally Posted by oliver1king123 View Post
    Will the dumbbell chest press, help you gain mass just as well as bench press?
    My wrists just can’t take a heavy enough load on dumbell press, I use wrist wraps, but cannot manage anything over 70 lbs. very well. I have a plate and screws in my left wrist so I have wrist issues. so for me it’s barbell for sure. There I can work with 185-215 for reps.
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    I think you’ll have a really tough time progressing with dumbbells. I use them out of necessity,as I get horrible tendonitis when I bench these days .
    Strange , as I had np with a bar till my late 40’s , then all of the sudden it started with forearm pain and got progressively worse .

    As mentioned, getting them mounted can be a pita . I roll on my back with my arms straight and it works fir me , but it doesn’t work for incline .

    I bought Power Hooks and they help a lot . I removed the Velcro strap as it made the diameter of the handle too big for my hands , and have no issues at all .

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    I'd say I like using dumbbells more for chest presses, but there does come a time where stability becomes a problem. I reach a point where I can lift more for sets than I can get into position; i'll end up using up too much of the energy I need for the reps just setting them up. A good strong dumbbell holder i'd need in that scenario, that's for sure - those power hooks look like something i'd be interested in.

    As far as how I respond to the lift, I feel my chest stretching and being challenged more with the dumbbells, plus I like the unilateral benefits so I think for me the bells win out. Even if i'm using less total weight, I feel like my chest is working harder in the end. Just my prerogative though.
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    From personal experience I find the barbell has more control as my hands are clamped in the same position with even balance and I can increase the weight without any loss of stability and control. When I used the dumbbells I could not go too heavy with them as I found my arms would swing just a fraction out of sync with each other and this very slight imbalance would create a loss of control as I approached the final set and I found that other muscles were taking over to compensate for the imbalance to complete the final set. Dumbbells are good for high reps, but I prefer the barbell especially when it comes to heavily increasing the weight, as my concentration is more secure with both hands supporting the same weight and maintaining each rep with co-operative balance and control.
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    No.... I mean, yea from nothing to putting up 100 lbs dumbells, sure it's fairly practical. Above that, and you will have a hard time setting up, and losing stamina just to get into position. What takes you to certain increments, like 135 -> to 225 is different than going from 225-315, and from 315 to 405 etc

    Just get use to flat bench.

    Use dumbell bench as an accessory if you must - after flat bench. dont get carried away with it tho.
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    Originally Posted by Deathguard View Post
    No.... I mean, yea from nothing to putting up 100 lbs dumbells, sure it's fairly practical. Above that, and you will have a hard time setting up, and losing stamina just to get into position. What takes you to certain increments, like 135 -> to 225 is different than going from 225-315, and from 315 to 405 etc

    Just get use to flat bench.

    Use dumbell bench as an accessory if you must - after flat bench. dont get carried away with it tho.
    You make a good point about losing strength just getting them into position. I’ve only personally seen one guy who has a great build and only used dumbbells, but I’ve always suspected he’s using something stronger than creatine
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