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5/15/18 12:07 P

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There's no inherent or theoretical reason why dumbbells would be useless for muscle building, compared to barbells. But there might be practical reasons for using barbells for some exercises and dumbbells for others. For example, most people tend to have more strength in their dominant hands--you might be able to lift a 200kg barbell with both hands and do squats with that, but you might not be able to lift two 100kg dumbells, one in each hand. Your non-dominant side may not be able to handle that much weight. That sort of thing can matter to competitive body builders, for example, because one of the criteria they get judged on is muscle symmetry.

Since your leg muscles are larger and stronger than your arm/hand muscles, you may get better results if you use a barbell for squats, so that you can use the maximum amount of weight you can handle using both hands, instead of having to drop the weight a little on one side if that hand can't lift/hold as much as the other.



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5/15/18 12:04 P

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yes I have earlier

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5/15/18 11:55 A

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Have you tried kettlebells?



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5/15/18 11:19 A

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hows this one, looks pretty good. https://www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/dumbbell-only-home-or-gym-fullbody-workout.html#comment-1448397

Im going in for dumbells 5-50 kg, hope I grow muscle size in 6-7 months haha

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5/15/18 11:08 A

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Sometimes going to a gym and asking for one of the trainers for a starter session (usually free and often they hold regular classes) helps in figuring out what your goals are and how to properly life weights - and how to continue to manage a weight lifting program with changing weights - that might help you figure it out!

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5/15/18 11:03 A

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This one doesn't seem to be selling anything and looks pretty comprehensive. There are many more out there if you care to search for them:

www.bodybuilding.com/content/4-dynamite-du
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5/15/18 9:54 A

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If you prefer dumbells, get them and use them. Like with any workout you'll want to make sure you challenge yourself and change up the routine periodically.

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5/15/18 8:58 A

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ok so a dumbell deadlift(with 100kg dumbells) and a squat with the same will be equivalent to a barbell movement right? and would a strap help me to grip it? as people keep saying barbell is way superior for strength and size, wouldnt like a 200 kg dumbell deadlift be as good?I mean thats over 400 lb thats like ALOT.

Same with the squats.

Sorry for many questions but I want to invest in dumbells over a rack and barbell as I love working out with dumbells, there are many ways to isolate muscles too(if im not wrong) with dumbells so I want to go in that direction.

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5/15/18 8:18 A

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There are a lot of factors that go into "building a large body", including things like age, genetics, body type, etc. As long as you are working your muscles to fatigue in 1-3 sets, typically 8-12 repetitions per set, no matter whether you're using dumbbells, machines or body weight, you can still see results.

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5/15/18 5:46 A

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atm Im trying to lose weight but doing that through diet alone. If I just used dumbells. Would it build a large body?. I think i can go to 200 lbs of dumbells by investing in it(starting off with 5-50 kg) but i can buy dumbells from the companies that manufacture it. I love working with dumbells, love the "safeness" of it. (like barbell is resting on me in squats and over my chest in bench press) ,

another thing is I can determine my 1rm safely with them as opposed to a barbell

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5/14/18 1:44 P

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The previous poster has given you some good information. I think it's also important to consider your goals. Are you trying to gain strength? Significant muscle? Are you trying to lose weight?

Those kinds of things will help determine the kind of program you pursue, but I don't think it has to be complicated.

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Find a source of various exercises and pick some for each major muscle group. Start light and do as many as you can *with good form* up to a maximum of fifteen reps. Once that becomes easy, add weight and lower your reps. Work your way back up to fifteen reps and repeat the process. At some point later you'll want to change your routine, but that should keep you busy for several months. It's not really hard, it's just a matter of sticking with it. Try this:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/browse-exerci
ses.asp?exercise_type=strength&exercis
e_level=beginner&equipment=dumbbells&b
odypart=any


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5/14/18 9:28 A

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I just dont understand barbell programmes, I was doing dumbell ppl routine but stopped because of family emergencies. I was thinking of investing in a home gym but its so complicated. Reading the programmes like 5/3/1 goes over my head. Dumbell prgrammes are so easy to understand just up the weight when you meet the requirements of repsXsets.

But I heard dumbells are useless for muscle building especially legs so Im so confused now. Im thinking of dropping the plan for a home gym. I thought you just lift weight for desired rep range and as you hit that add 5 lbs to your movement on upper body and 10 lbs on lower body.

Another thing is warmups for a beginner. Fricken hell all the warm up sets in those books are given 135lbs for reps then 160 lbs then 180 all the way to 275 for 3 reps then your working sets is 300 and do that for 3X5(refering to greyskull) what the hell is my warm up for a beginner who can barely squat the bar. I thought the tough part about working out was getting the movements down, not designing the workout lol

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