the age old argument: dumbbell vs. barbell

  • dionysus

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    Feb 06, 2008 2:19 PM GMT
    which do you like? don't like? reasons for either/or?
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    Feb 06, 2008 5:54 PM GMT
    You should be able to google on dumbbell vs barbell.


    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=dumbbell+vs+barbell&btnG=Google+Search
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    Feb 06, 2008 8:12 PM GMT
    Here's the difference:

    I USE barbells.

    I KNOW dumbbells.
  • jc_online

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    Feb 06, 2008 8:50 PM GMT
    I use dumbells more often. They require additional individual stability muscles. But I do like to mix it up. If I have a bud working with me I am more inclined to go for barbells that day because I can count on him for spots and move up on some weight.

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    Feb 06, 2008 8:53 PM GMT

    I guess Dumbells are better cuz they split the weight equally for each side (can help also overcoming muscle assemetry)..Don't you agree?
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    Feb 06, 2008 9:18 PM GMT
    neither they both have their place just like freeweights versus machines. and even dare I say it at a stretch so do swiss balls
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    Feb 07, 2008 2:25 AM GMT
    An article in a men's fitness magazine suggested that you should plan your routine to use dumbbells first, then barbells, then machines.

    Maybe one of the trainers on this site can shed some light for you.
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    Feb 07, 2008 7:42 AM GMT
    the theory about that is behind using the muscles in equilibrium and stability. As you pre exhaust the muscles and they become fatigued then to work the muscle to failure you need increasing assistance ie no different to having a spotter.

    Using that approach is beneficial if you are hitting the same muscle groups over and over and training on your own doing isolations but isnt really applicable to a full body routine where the emphasis is being moved around the muscle groups
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    Feb 07, 2008 7:49 AM GMT
    I don't know if its and age old argument. Age old would be something like "does grok like stick or rock?" Nevertheless, I like dumbbells for their versatility, but some things are better done with barbells which give you a little more stability.
  • dionysus

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    Feb 07, 2008 2:20 PM GMT
    im perfectly fine on the light to be shed, i was simply running an opinion.
  • dionysus

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    Feb 07, 2008 2:20 PM GMT
    ActiveAndFit saidI don't know if its and age old argument. Age old would be something like "does grok like stick or rock?" Nevertheless, I like dumbbells for their versatility, but some things are better done with barbells which give you a little more stability.


    grok totally likes the rock more.