I think I’ve given up on BB bench press. Can’t do it, never have been. My max bench is 255. Been working on it, and all attempt to go heavier result in very sore shoulders and failed lifts.
Today I was working up to 260 (man, I was going for it). Got to my warm-up set of 225 and the first rep kicked my ass. Disgusted and pissed, I left the BP and went over to the DB’s grabbed the 80’s and did 3 easy, then 90’s for 2 easy…said “what the hell”, picked up the 100’s and knocked out 1 1/2 reps (a very light spot would have gotten me the second rep). I had never even picked up the 100’s before. What’s more, no shoulder pain.
Anyone else feel stronger on DB bench than BB?
I think you are demoralized with your poor bench progress and trying to rationalize using dumbbells to feel good. Eighty pound dumbbells are still pretty light.
You can progess on your bar bench with an experienced person to coach your weak points and work you through them and to spot you. If you are trying to increase your bar bench and are alone you aren’t going to make much good progress in getting really heavy on it.
Having a good lifting partner/coach in this area will bring far more results then randomly asking someone to spot you on 225 occasionally.
Well, the DB’s do feel better to my shoulder. I see lots of guys (my size and smaller) in the gym benching 225. I have never seen anyone in my gym pick up the 100’s and bench. Believe me, I’m not trying to brag, but DB’s feel more natural than the bar. I seem to be comapratively stronger on db’s than bb’s on bench press compared to others. I’m just wondering if I should just quit bb bench all together and stick with DB’s (no swiss balls, of course).
I don’t agree with that, but I guess everyone is different. I can stay away from Dbells for long periods of time, but if my bar stays strong I can grab a heavy pair of dumbbells and still hit em heavy.
For example I have been focusing primarily on bar bench for several months getting it up to 315 for a couple reps with literally no chest Dbell work. One day at a different gym then the one I usually lift at that has heavier Dbells I grabbed the 115’s and hit three sets of eight which was a rep PR for Dbells.
However, if I was to focus on Dbells only for a similar time frame my bar bench would definitely suffer and go down. You get much more torque from the two hand hold then you can generate with one hand and will always be stronger and if you neglect the bar you won’t be as strong and bar numbers will drop.
I get the gist that you lift alone and I think with a good partner your progress would pick up. It’s best to do both.