2/11/2004 9:06:22 PM
| Often times you will find it much harder to do dumbbells rather than a barbell, and you will notice a significant drop in the total weight you're repping, because with dumbbells you are forced to use your "stabilizer" muscles to stabilize the weight throughout movement; a barbell restricts this movement to an extent. Too much redundancy (and consistency) can also work against you. To maximize your results, you should change your program, schedule, exercise, and total weight about every 2-3 weeks. However, I try to increase my weight each time I go to the gym (which is 1-2 times a week per muscle group). If you feel comfortable doing this, then DO IT. Be safe, but be competitive...you need to keep your body on the edge of its performance. Once your body adapts to the movements and/or weights, it is fairly easy for you to reach a plateau that, without change, can be almost impossible to overcome.|
2/6/2004 12:11:02 PM
| I'm not 100% sure, but doing a barbell press compared to a dumbell press would work the same, but still, some different muscles. So I wouldn't think a weight difference would really matter. |
However, I may be wrong...