YB
BannerBanner

DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference

Author
davek671
New Member
  • Total Posts : 22
  • Reward points: 1049
  • Joined: 2010/10/07 22:40:59
  • Status: offline
2011/04/04 12:57:33 (permalink)
0

DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference

For those of you who do both:
How much more can you bench press with a barbell compared to using dumbbells?
 
I don't have a spotter so I don't use the barbell in case I get trapped under it, so I only use dumbbells. ATM I'm can do 8 to 10 reps with 60kg total.  Is this perhaps like 70kg total with a barbell?  I weight 70kg so would be nice to know if i can roughly rep my body weight.
 
Cheers,
Dave
#1

16 Replies Related Threads

    Bollard
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1891
    • Reward points: 4584
    • Joined: 2008/01/16 11:39:24
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/04 13:17:53 (permalink)
    0
    I usually rep with the 90lb DB's (total 180lb), sometimes heavier when I'm up for it, and on the bar I press 2 plates (total 225lb inc bar).
     
    When I go heavy I always do it DB's, not bar. The only reason for this is I don't really enjoy BB Bench (in fact I don't really enjoy benching, I only do it for a balanced routine)
    #2
    Calza
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 3202
    • Reward points: 6096
    • Joined: 2010/06/30 15:22:04
    • Location: London
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/04 13:30:54 (permalink)
    0
    While there is no actual way to work one out from the other, I've always reckoned on 30kg DB's  = 80kg BB.
    #3
    vince red
    Senior Member
    • Total Posts : 112
    • Reward points: 3622
    • Joined: 2007/05/02 16:14:27
    • Location: N.Ireland
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/04 13:34:38 (permalink)
    0
    I'm more proficient with the barbell, though I think everyone who does both generaly is. It's partly to do with the stabalising factors of controlling the dumbells.
    Get yourself a pair of spotting stands(and a barbell), they are a very worhtwhile investment, if you are going to challenge yourself on the bench without having the safety of someone there in case you don't make that personal best your trying for or that final rep when you have upped the weight then they are a neccessity for safety when working out at home mate.
    I have the luxury of a gym at work plus some good equipment in the garage that I have built upover the last 3 years.
    post edited by vince red - 2011/04/04 13:35:45
    #4
    HicSuntDracones
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1105
    • Reward points: 4652
    • Joined: 2009/05/13 13:12:58
    • Location: Near Warrington
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/04 13:35:01 (permalink)
    0
    At the moment for me I bench 60kg for 5x5 using a barbell and 22.5kg for dumbbells (so 45kg in total) - no idea if that is a similar ratio to others. I see my ratio (75%) is what Calza posted.
     
    Regarding no spotter and barbell benching, if you're doing flat or incline bench you should be able to roll the bar down your body if you can't get the barbell reracked, once it's at your waist it's easy to stand up with it. Not the most elegant thing to do though!
     
     
    #5
    SecondRow
    Olympian Member
    • Total Posts : 870
    • Reward points: 4069
    • Joined: 2005/12/27 21:44:58
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/04 14:18:19 (permalink)
    0
    HicSuntDracones
    Regarding no spotter and barbell benching, if you're doing flat or incline bench you should be able to roll the bar down your body if you can't get the barbell reracked, once it's at your waist it's easy to stand up with it. Not the most elegant thing to do though!
     

     
    Do NOT get into the habit of doing this, unless you want your kidneys to come out your arse when you start benching some decent weight.

    Current training: 6-day split
    Current cycle: Test E @ 500mg per week

    Current stats:
    Height : 192cm
    Weight : 272lbs
    Body Fat : 15.4%
    #6
    davek671
    New Member
    • Total Posts : 22
    • Reward points: 1049
    • Joined: 2010/10/07 22:40:59
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/04 14:31:31 (permalink)
    0
    Awesome, sounds like I can push my own weight then.  Everyone seems to want to rep 100kg BB so once I'm at 40kg DB's I will be happy.  I will look into the spotter bars, sounds like a decent investment, cant imagine they will be very expensive.
    #7
    Red_Alert
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 5948
    • Reward points: 4627
    • Joined: 2009/01/03 20:52:47
    • Location: Brizzle
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/04 14:51:45 (permalink)
    0
    I weigh 75kg, use 42kg DBs and can't bench properly so use 95kg on the Smithy.

    "I believe in taking care of myself" - Patrick Bateman
      
    #8
    Red_Alert
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 5948
    • Reward points: 4627
    • Joined: 2009/01/03 20:52:47
    • Location: Brizzle
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/04 14:53:08 (permalink)
    0
    Actually scrap that, I do flat Smith and incline DBs...doh.

    "I believe in taking care of myself" - Patrick Bateman
      
    #9
    mikejm
    Olympian Member
    • Total Posts : 611
    • Reward points: 4816
    • Joined: 2005/07/24 12:20:40
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/04 14:59:51 (permalink)
    0
    SecondRow

    HicSuntDracones
    Regarding no spotter and barbell benching, if you're doing flat or incline bench you should be able to roll the bar down your body if you can't get the barbell reracked, once it's at your waist it's easy to stand up with it. Not the most elegant thing to do though!


    Do NOT get into the habit of doing this, unless you want your kidneys to come out your arse when you start benching some decent weight.

    Lol yeah, I wouldn't fancy a 100kg + barbel crushing all my internal organs!!
    #10
    Calza
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 3202
    • Reward points: 6096
    • Joined: 2010/06/30 15:22:04
    • Location: London
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/04 17:03:06 (permalink)
    0
    davek671

    Awesome, sounds like I can push my own weight then.  Everyone seems to want to rep 100kg BB so once I'm at 40kg DB's I will be happy.  I will look into the spotter bars, sounds like a decent investment, cant imagine they will be very expensive.

     
     
    To say that, I can just about manage 80lbs (~32kg) for 5-6 reps on a good day. I can do 100kg x 2 on Barbell.
     
    But I feel my DB is stronger, and I feel much more comfortable and happy doing db!
    #11
    HicSuntDracones
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1105
    • Reward points: 4652
    • Joined: 2009/05/13 13:12:58
    • Location: Near Warrington
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/04 21:00:12 (permalink)
    0
    SecondRow

    HicSuntDracones
    Regarding no spotter and barbell benching, if you're doing flat or incline bench you should be able to roll the bar down your body if you can't get the barbell reracked, once it's at your waist it's easy to stand up with it. Not the most elegant thing to do though!


    Do NOT get into the habit of doing this, unless you want your kidneys to come out your arse when you start benching some decent weight.

     
    Obviously I'm not suggesting making a habit of it! Equally I don't think it's going to be the end of the world if it happens every now and again.
    #12
    OldDirtyNeck
    Universe Member
    • Total Posts : 396
    • Reward points: 3401
    • Joined: 2011/01/25 09:03:15
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/04 21:27:04 (permalink)
    0
    HicSuntDracones

    SecondRow

    HicSuntDracones
    Regarding no spotter and barbell benching, if you're doing flat or incline bench you should be able to roll the bar down your body if you can't get the barbell reracked, once it's at your waist it's easy to stand up with it. Not the most elegant thing to do though!


    Do NOT get into the habit of doing this, unless you want your kidneys to come out your arse when you start benching some decent weight.


    Obviously I'm not suggesting making a habit of it! Equally I don't think it's going to be the end of the world if it happens every now and again.

     
    Not the end of the world but if your kidneys come out of your arse it would be the end of your world.
     
    Just get a cheap pair of spotter catchers.
    #13
    SecondRow
    Olympian Member
    • Total Posts : 870
    • Reward points: 4069
    • Joined: 2005/12/27 21:44:58
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/04 21:58:20 (permalink)
    0
    HicSuntDracones
    Obviously I'm not suggesting making a habit of it! Equally I don't think it's going to be the end of the world if it happens every now and again.


    Trust me mate, you do not want to roll a loaded barbell down your torso, especially whilst on an incline.
     
    Do us all a favour though and video it whenever you do, I haven't seen anything decent on Youtube for a while

    Current training: 6-day split
    Current cycle: Test E @ 500mg per week

    Current stats:
    Height : 192cm
    Weight : 272lbs
    Body Fat : 15.4%
    #14
    Danny187
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 9443
    • Reward points: 8683
    • Joined: 2008/12/30 20:36:39
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/04 22:32:00 (permalink)
    0
    HicSuntDracones

    SecondRow

    HicSuntDracones
    Regarding no spotter and barbell benching, if you're doing flat or incline bench you should be able to roll the bar down your body if you can't get the barbell reracked, once it's at your waist it's easy to stand up with it. Not the most elegant thing to do though!


    Do NOT get into the habit of doing this, unless you want your kidneys to come out your arse when you start benching some decent weight.


    Obviously I'm not suggesting making a habit of it! Equally I don't think it's going to be the end of the world if it happens every now and again.

     
    What the hell!!!!!!!! why would you do that??
     
    Will be end of the world when you getting injured trying lift weights that you cant handle then rolling then over your vital organs on to the hip bone and potentially causing yourself fatal damage
    #15
    HicSuntDracones
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1105
    • Reward points: 4652
    • Joined: 2009/05/13 13:12:58
    • Location: Near Warrington
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/05 07:59:01 (permalink)
    0
    Given the amount of outrage my comments have caused I imagine I have misjudged the impact of doing this with heavier barbells! Forget I said anything
    #16
    Bertstare
    Pro-Member
    • Total Posts : 1296
    • Reward points: 2994
    • Joined: 2010/12/11 20:16:23
    • Status: offline
    Re:DB bench press vs BB press, weight difference 2011/04/05 09:14:04 (permalink)
    0
    I always set a bench up in the power rack, then set the safety pins so they will catch the bar if/when I fail.
    No spotter needed.
    #17
    Jump to:
    ©2018 All content is copyright of MuscleTalk.co.uk and its use elsewhere is prohibited.
    (posting guidelines | privacy | advertise | earnings disclaimer | contact us | supported by)
    © 2018 APG vNext Commercial Version 5.5