I agree. I put down the barbell bench 3 weeks ago for life. I have this nagging suspicion that your body is not designed for 1 constant motion without change. Think about all the people that get tendonitis typing on keyboard. Now, add 300 pounds to the same repetivie movement and see what happens. thats a bad analogy, but IMO the barbell is not natural, and I will never use it again[/quote]
I think it’s a little extreme eliminate barbells altogether. No, it’s not the most “natural” thing, but a lot of things aren’t natural. I dont think barbell bench’s are any more dangerous than push-ups, at least from a mechanical standpoint - range of motion, etc.
DBs are safer than barbells as far as not having to worry about getting stuck under the bar.
But it probably depends a little on the person. For me, barbell bench doesn’t give me any problems as long as I dont use the same bench angle for too many consecutive workouts. However, when it comes to overhead pressing, dumbells feel so much better and less painful, so I pretty much never use barbells for that movement.
And like someone else said above, it’s not just about BB vs DBLs - a lot of it has to do with flexibility and muscle balance. It’s not as simple as doing an equal amount of pulling/pushing - you need to make sure the weights are as close as possible, and that you’re using correct form, etc. So dont be too quick to overlook that as a factor.