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Doctor insights on: Barbells

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Are dumbbells better than barbells for weight training?

Are dumbbells better than barbells for weight training?

Just different: Both are beneficial for weight training. Dumbbells allow greater range of motion and require the use of accessory muscles more. Barbells are more restrictive, but strengthen your primary muscle groups and are generally less likely to cause injury. ...Read more

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What's more useful for strength building: barbells or dumb bells?

Weight: You can lift more with barbells. But, if you can't lift the bar with good form, start with dumbbells. ...Read more

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Help docs! i'm trying to look really lean over summer. I have a barbell, chip up bar, a bench and adjustable dumbbells. What workouts should I do?

Help docs! i'm trying to look really lean over summer. I have a barbell, chip up bar, a bench and adjustable dumbbells. What workouts should I do?

Lean muscles: To tone muscles, you need to do many reps of low or medium weight and lose body fat. Don't do heavy weights at low reps because that makes muscles larger, not lean. Push ups will tone pecs and triceps. Pull-ups, sit-ups, leg lifts to tone other muscle groups. Eat a balanced diet, including lean proteins and fresh fruits and veggies. You'll be ready by summer if you stay consistent. ...Read more

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I've been feeling pain on my traps when I squat from the barbell. I can squat 215 w/ a pad and 135 w/o a pad. Any tips to squat heavy weight painfree ?

I've been feeling pain on my traps when I squat from the barbell. I can squat 215 w/ a pad and 135 w/o a pad. Any tips to squat heavy weight painfree ?

Trainer: You need guidance from a skilled physical trainer so that you will not injure yourself. The trainer will not only instruct you on proper techniques and how much to lift, but will outline a personal regimen specifically for you to follow. ...Read more

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What should you look for when choosing which barbell to use?

What should you look for when choosing which barbell to use?

Barbell weight: According to the the american college of sports medicine when initially selecting a barbell "the weight of the barbell is the minimum you can lift during the barbell bench press". ...Read more

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What muscles does the front barbell raise work?

What muscles does the front barbell raise work?

WhatWouldArnoldSay?: You mean raising the arms straight up in front of you? Well,it puts a big strain on your back muscles, so be careful. In fact if you move up to heavy bells,for any exercise that unbalances you like that, try doing it against a wall. As far as the arm muscles: primarily the deltoids, but the whole rotator cuff engages in order to stabilize the shoulder.Also, to a small degree, the forearm extensors ...Read more

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Which is better for building strength: barbells or dumb bells?

Which is better for building strength: barbells or dumb bells?

Greater weight: The barbell will allow you to lift more weight, but start with a dumbbells until you can press a barbell using good form. ...Read more

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How to make the hole in a barbell (for weight lifting) slightly bigger?

How to make the hole in a barbell (for weight lifting) slightly bigger?

Don't understand: A free wt has a hole that fits onto a bar and is locked on by a mechanical devise a barbell is a unitized one handed weight used in pairs. What hole do u mean..? ...Read more

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I was overhead pressing and the barbell struck me in the chin on the way up. Could this force have broken my neck?

I was overhead pressing and the barbell struck me in the chin on the way up. Could this force have broken my neck?

Strain: This type of injury can cause a whiplash type of strain of the neck, but a neck fracture takes a lot of snapping force to the neck. In other words what you did was very unlikely to cause a neck fracture, but you're quite right to be very careful using heavy weights. ...Read more

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During last barbell biceps curl workout I felt pain in the lower left back area and after that I only feel pain when bending forward. What it could be?

During last barbell biceps curl workout I felt pain in the lower left back area and after that I only feel pain when bending forward. What it could be?

Possibilities: There are several possibilities, including but not limited to muscle sprain/strain, herniated disc, and aggravation of degenerative disc. Fortunately, acute back pain resolves in the vast majority of cases with time and conservative treatment such a NSAIDs and progressive activity. ...Read more

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What to do if i swallowed my barbell and my stomach hurts?

What to do if i swallowed my barbell and my stomach hurts?

Med evaluation: Although small items often pass through the GI track without difficulty (like a penny), an uncapped barbell can get caught in & even tear tissue. Because you are now experiencing abdominal pain - encourage you to be seen at the emergency room. ...Read more

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What to do about dropped barbell on foot. is it broken?

What to do about dropped barbell on foot. is it broken?

Likely: Chances of a fracture in the foot is high if a barbell was dropped directly on the foot & if there is swelling, bruising and pain. X-rays are needed to determine if that is the case. You need to be seen by a foot specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Protect your foot and do not put excessive weight on it! Crush injuries can also cause compartment syndrome which is an emergency. ...Read more

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What are some ways to tone nice biceps without barbells?

What are some ways to tone nice biceps without barbells?

Without barbells...: The most common ex would be a bicep curl. This can be done w/ various equipment to add resistance. You may use dumbells, body weight, or cables/ resistance bands instead of barbells. You may wish to look at http://www.Bodybuilding.Com/exercises/finder/l. ...Read more

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I had a genioplasty 3 years ago. I hit the underside of my chin with a barbell. It broke the skin and is slightly swollen. Should I be worried?

I had a genioplasty 3 years ago. I  hit the underside of my chin with a barbell. It broke the skin and is slightly swollen. Should I be worried?

Likely not: If the chin feels intact without any movement in the area of surgery, you should be fine. Monitor the swelling and keep it clean. Ice for the 1st 24 hours will help. Ibuprofen 4x day for 3-5 days will help with pain and swelling. If it looks infected, see your surgeon. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is dumbbell bench press almost equivalent to barbell bench press?

Can you tell me how is dumbbell bench press almost equivalent to barbell bench press?

Dumbbells are harder: Dumbbells require each arm to recruit more surrounding shoulder muscles to help balance the weight which means you are working harder (given the same weight). The bench press is a great exercise as well, but it does work a more specific muscle group and is intrinsically more stable because both arms are linked in trying to balance the moving weight load. ...Read more