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    Too big jump in dumbell weights.

    Dumbells in gym are ....15, 17.5,20, 22.5,25 and from 25 kg there is jump to the 30 kg. Those 30 kg felt like lying on a death bed, it was incredibly heavy. How should I make linear progression, when there is this big jump in weight? Dumbell incline bench press with 25kg felt too light but with 30 kg too heavy. With 25 kg I could do 3 sets x 12 reps, but with 30 kg dumbells I made only shaky 7-6 reps each set. My workout scheme is to make atleast 10 reps each set. What could I do to progress, or should I keep up with that 30kg dumbells and make fewer reps and slowly work up to those 10 reps?
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    Just do more reps with 25s...
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    Either do lower reps with the 30s or higher with the 25s.

    You'll build muscle with any rep range from 3 to 30 provided progressive overload is in place and total volume is accounted for.
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    Is it an exercise where you could substitute with a barbell at a comparable weight to what you're looking for?
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    Originally Posted by EliKoehn View Post
    Is it an exercise where you could substitute with a barbell at a comparable weight to what you're looking for?
    We don´t have inclinable bench there where benchpress is happening.
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    Originally Posted by Pajchel View Post
    We don´t have inclinable bench there where benchpress is happening.
    In that case posts 2 and 3 are your answer
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    I guess your options are to do higher reps with the 25s, or lower reps with the 30s. Since not yet being strong enough for 10 reps with the 30s, lifting the 25s in a higher rep range doesn't make sense to me as of course that rep range is not optimal for building strength (that's not saying it doesn't build strength... Just not like the lower rep ranges do. Also, this is assuming you want to work towards getting those 30s for 10, rather than strictly hypertrophy). Personally, I would do the 30s and work on progressive overload until you can do those 10 reps. Or alternatively, (assuming you do 5 sets), do 3 sets with the 30s, and get in a bit more volume with 2 sets of the 25s.
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    You need to use both if your concerned about using the heavier weight.
    Keep with the lighter for sets but have days where you use the heavier DB's.
    You may only get sets of one or two reps but keep at it.
    Eventually it will be three and four and so on.
    Simple progressive resistance.
    If bodybuilding is more of a goal you need to find how to make the lighter weights harder more challenging.
    Shorter rest periods,rep tempo(slow reps with a strong focus),drop sets going to even lighter right after your moderate set,pauses,ect.
    Many way to change it up.
    As you mentioned though i would slowly work up in reps with the heavier DB's.
    Maybe have a goal of five sets of three reps,when you can do that go for four reps.
    Even if you only do four reps on the first set that would be progress.
    This may be a slow process that you will have to be patient with what ever goal you choose but it does work.
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