If you’re skipping dumbbells and heading straight for the barbell every week you may want to rethink that strategy. Adding a chest workout with dumbbells to your gym rotation can increase muscle fiber activation and address any strength imbalances you don’t notice with a barbell.
Here’s why you shouldn’t skip dumbbells on chest day, and a few workouts you should try.
Benefits Of Dumbbell Training
Range Of Motion
Chest exercises done with a barbell are set at a fixed range of motion limited by the bar and your body. If you experience pain within this range of motion, there isn’t much variation available with a straight barbell.
Using dumbbells can change the arc and depth of a chest exercise specific to each person. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, this allows you to slightly alter the range of motion to prevent or eliminate pain.
The added depth to a chest exercise done with dumbbells can also help active more muscle fibers resulting in new strength and muscle mass gains.
When you lift a heavy dumbbell, you’ll notice something you don’t usually see with a barbell. Your arms will tremble, and waver as it adapts to an unfamiliar activity.
Trying to stabilize a dumbbell increases the muscle fibers involved with your exercise. Activating and involving as many muscle fibers as possible is one of the keys to consistent growth.
Having a strength imbalance isn’t always noticeable with a barbell. Whether you’re right or left hand dominant, using dumbbells forces each side of your body to move equal weight.
Addressing, and correcting, a strength imbalance can pay dividends with other lifts and improve your overall power.
Dumbbell Workout List
Workout #1 – Buff Dudes
Workout #2 – HASfit
#3 – BarbarianBody
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