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Low Dumbbell Weight Cap


#1

The dumbbells at both gyms in town cap out at 75. What can I do to still be able to utilize the dumbbell bench press? It's really the only exercise that I haven't been able to work around this low dumbbell weight cap.


#2

Find a new gym is my suggestion.


#3

http://www.theplatemate.com/hex.htm


#4

^^^ those won't let you add much.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Olympic-Curl-Bar-Dumbbell-Handle-Combo/10283688

I need to get this so I can go heavier on DB rows. My gym only goes up to the 130's.


#5

not that its a permanent solution but for now maybe do mechanical drop sets. hit incline, low incline, flat with 75s like a drop set but instead of dropping weights you change the mechanical advantage.

oh, find a new gym.


#6

http://www.flexcart.com/members/elitefts/default.asp?m=PD&cid=212&pid=141

My gym's DBs only go to 100, so I bring a pair of these when I do heavier DB work. Shortens the ROM a bit, but still get the work done.


#7

How much do those hold?


#8

I might do the mechanical drop set that Actionboy recommended. But once I max out on those I'll probably just switch to floor presses or some heavy flyes.


#9

http://www.amazon.com/Body-Solid-Olympic-Dumbbell-Handle/dp/B000FZZ3DE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1289864674&sr=8-1

Same goods, a lot less price.

29 dollars as opposed to 57.


#10

How much do those hold? ^^^


#11

I can get up to 200 pounds in these. Depends on the type and size of the plates your gym has.

I read elsewhere about a similar DB handle that holds over 300 pounds, the same one Matt Kroc uses for Kroc Rows although his are customized for smaller plates. I'll try to find a link.


#12

75lbs FFS!?


#13

I asked Matt Kroc where he got that DB handle and he said the same thing, customized, so he didn't have an answer to where I can get one. If you get a link somewhere that'd be awesome.


#14

Stop working out at planet fitness :smiley:


#15

I made a handle for Kroc Rows. I had some DB handles that didn't fit the 2" olympic plates and I did some welding and came up with a handle that probably holds around 240lbs in ten pound plates. It's a bit too awkward to use for anything else though.

Prowriststraps sells a $300 handle that holds like 500 pounds or some shit.

Yeah my gym blows. I have everything I need; smith press, barbell, power rack, some good machines, some hot moms. The DB's just fuckin suck though.


#16

They aren't too long and awkward are they? If they hold the plates with the 2" hole, I might find myself buying these.


#17

You can try holding onto a mini-band with it wrapped behind your back, but it might be a bit of a pain in the ass.


#18

I'm going to go out on a limb here OP and say that you dont need a handle that can hold 500lbs or even 200lbs.


#19

buy straps and tie the smaller db to the bigger one

say 75+10....simple


#20

Haha what? I don't remember saying that I did.