sounds like he has the dumbells too far in. make sure his forearm isnt leaning in, it should be straight up and down. perpendicular to the floor. if his grip is even factoring in, it sounds like the dumbells are leaning and that also explains why they fell on his chest instead of the floor.[/quote]
Spot on mate, as I recall we both were beginning on the side like a ‘regular’ bp, and then at the end of the rep we willingly hit the db’s against each other. I will pay attention to this next time, thanks!
By observing others at the gym I learned the proper way to spot DB Bench is pushing upward on their elbows/triceps as much as you possibly can while saying “its all you bro”.[/quote]
I lol’d. The stereotype is totally true.
IMO, there’s no need to spot on a dumbell press. do as many as you can and once you fail, put them down. This is the powerlifting section, not the bodybuilding section where you are going for forced reps. sounds to me it’s a simple case of needing to learn to balance the dumbells while pressing them. [/quote]
Hey man, we we’re doing assistance work on the 5/3/1 which I recall being for powerlifting? There wasn’t really forced repping. We newbies overestimated the difficulty of dumbells I guess, since we both bench press 200lbs with barbells. Indeed, balancing makes it so much more difficult.
What do you mean btw with the difference of going 'till failure and forced reps? Aren’t they the same thing?? Atleast, that’s what I thought.
[quote]Tim Henriques wrote:
With beginners and early intermediates which it sounds like your buddy was, you spot the forearms to prevent the exact issue you were describing. Newbies will have issues controlling the weight and you don’t want to have a joint (the elbow) that you don’t have control of in between the weight and your spot.[/quote]
We’re both effectively PL’ing for 4 months, so the dumbells were indeed wobbly. I’ll check his forearms next time, ty.
Thanks guys for all the feedback!