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You can: Train using only barbell based compound lifts. In fact the trend in most fitness/resistance regimen is to focus on compound lifts and forego the isolation exercises, as they are more "efficient" forms of exercise. Isolation exercises still remain a commonly utilized technique in bodybuilding, but that is a sport seeking very specific results. ...Read more
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
High reps: High reps and include some cardio while holding the weights. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes it is: It is safe but you may not get the same effect. ...Read more
Biceps curls: Biceps curls and flies are the two best. ...Read more
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