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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