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#1 kingjumbo

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 09:52 PM

I've been arguing with my mate tonight about whether BB curls or DB curls are more effective. I personally rather use the bar, dumbells don't even play a part in my workout, but my mate is the dumbell king, he even says a dumbell can be used to target your triceps bettern than dips ect... This I also do not agree with. He's pretty shredded but so I do take his words seriosuly...

I wouldn't mind hearing few of you guys' opinions seeing as there's a few people who seem to know what they're on about. Also like to know peoples opinions on curl bars compared to normal bar coz I'm considering investing in a curl bar/bench setup for home, although i must say the good old BB curls and military press's are proving to be very effective

#2 hazard121

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 09:58 PM

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 10:37 PM

I think for brute strength the barbell is the best simply because you can lift more weight. For bodybuilding maybe it's a much of a muchness.

#4 neil_se

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 10:41 PM

I prefer barbell because its versatile and you can easily constuct a comprehensive program using just a barbell. Forget the ez curl bar.

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Posted 11 March 2007 - 11:34 PM

i have to say oly bar curls are awesome but for close grip bench, i have to use an EZ bar..

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 12:10 AM

I find curling with a bb is easier to keep strict form where as when I use DB's I rock like a rockabyebaby :lol:

#7 180_mph

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 05:06 AM

Well they are used for different things. BB curls are good for hitting hitting the peak of your bicep, and you can also do pronated curls with them. DB's are great for hammer curls. Just use a combination of the two. EZ bar curls also hit the brachialis more, sort of like a hammer curl. Everything has their place, it's just whether you need to be doing it.

And yes you can isoalate you tricep more with a DB than dips. You can do overhead tricep extensions or tricep kickbacks with db's, which is just the tricep working. With dips, it is a compound movement, and you have you chest taking alot of the weight.

#8 _mR_180_

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 07:32 AM

i prefer BB, but then again i only ever use DB's for incline bench presses and nothing else.

#9 craigoss

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 11:55 AM

I dont have a preference, i use both all the time.

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 04:20 PM

i definatly like dumbells better, especially for bench, targets my inner chest more i feel.

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 05:18 PM

i only use the dumbbell for the horizontal lateral row. barbell ftw

#12 12nve200sx

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 05:54 PM

Personally its dependant on exercise. I don't believe thier is a right answer, however switching between the both will keep you more co-ordinated and make sure that you are using both arms equally. For someone starting out i would use dumbells as it makes them concentrate even more on technique and less on weight. Barbells take alot of stabalisation effects away that are very benificial when using dumbells

#13 mr sparkles

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 06:19 PM

use both.

you dont have sex in the same position all the time do you?

#14 mr sparkles

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 06:21 PM

if you find yourself rocking with the DB,s grab a preacher bench or incline bench and lay your elbow/tricep and tuck the arm rest under your arm pit and limit the rocking.. well shouldnt be any rocking at all.

#15 mudflapcleaner

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 08:39 PM

i prefer dumbells for greater range of motion but then again you have no choice for squats ;)

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 09:46 PM

I find the dumbbell's are easier on my wrists when doing curls and bench.

#17 kingjumbo

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Posted 12 March 2007 - 10:11 PM

thanks.. looks like it's almost 50/50, i think i'll incorporate some DB action into my workout now, even if it's purely just to vary my routine a bit which i think is a good idea from time to time

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 08:00 AM

View Postmudflapcleaner, on Mar 12 2007, 11:22 AM, said:

i prefer dumbells for greater range of motion but then again you have no choice for squats ;)

Thier are a number of variations of squat in which you can use dumbells!!!

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 10:29 AM

Yes but barbell squat is king. You know it is lol.

#20 12nve200sx

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 10:43 AM

yeah barbell is the king, even if at the moment i'm a mega bitch at it.

#21 Type X

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 12:29 PM

I think the DB's incorporate the stabilisers more. BB bench for example, you don't need to stop your lift from panning out too wide and losing it that way... With DB you have to individually control each weight rather than using both hands together to steady the weight... You also cannot rely on a naturally slightly stronger side to assist with the weight load (if that makes sense)

I personally rotate bench press - a few weeks BB then a few weeks DB... Keeps you on your toes.

But yes, you can generally lift more with BB so it's good to get every last ounce of energy into a big lift.

My 2c

#22 mr sparkles

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 03:40 PM

View PostType X, on Mar 13 2007, 03:12 AM, said:

But yes, you can generally lift more with BB so it's good to get every last ounce of energy into a big lift.

My 2c

i think it would be best to make it even or be able to do more on the DB's as it is harder.

what ever you do on the BB, you should be able to do try to do half of it with a DB.

same applies to chest when training with BB & DB's.

#23 mudflapcleaner

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 04:36 PM

View Post180GO, on Mar 13 2007, 10:42 AM, said:

Yes but barbell squat is king. You know it is lol.

it sure is!, i'm yet to see any 'variation' without a barbell that is comparable.

#24 m&m

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 05:32 PM

BB's,DB's,rocks,sandbags,kettlebells,fat bars,chains.......whatever it takes......dont set limits,we use all of those things in my gym





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