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    Default smith machine bench press or dumbell bench press

    hi i was just wondering which of these is better and more beneficial because my dads friend who is lifting for years told me dumbell is better at the moment i do smith machine and incline dumbell press was just wondering what you guys think

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    Have you tried the search button? In the past month or two this was a popular thread topic.

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    I'm sure if one were to search long enough they could find a previous thread on everything.

    Welcome to the forum OP. I would stick with the dumbbell presses if strength is your main concern. They will activate more stabilizers. The smith machine is somewhat of an isolation movement and these are of little to no help at your current level of training. Stick with the "big four" compound movements.
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    I find the smith machine is best when rotated in every once in a while. It helps you overload your muscles with just a little bit more weight then you can normally do and lets you blast your muscles hard. Relying on it each week isn't something I'd advice since, as stated, it doesn't hit your stabilizer muscles.
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    The dumbbell bench press is far superior because the ROM for your arms is much greater. Go ahead and see if you can lower a smith machine lower than dumbbells. Same goes for a barbell, but that is actually a good exercise because it follows your bodies natural movement.
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    I recommend you do both DB's and BB in the same workout - get the best of both worlds
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    Quote Originally Posted by sahorn View Post
    I'm sure if one were to search long enough they could find a previous thread on everything.

    Welcome to the forum OP. I would stick with the dumbbell presses if strength is your main concern. They will activate more stabilizers. The smith machine is somewhat of an isolation movement and these are of little to no help at your current level of training. Stick with the "big four" compound movements.
    Sahorn, kudos on both of your responses, I hate the arrogant "why don't you look it up on threads". Is this not a social forum? And the more information/opinions given, the more nuggets that can be found.

    And your second reply, yeah, DB is more compound, affecting more stabilizers than Smith. Smith does have it's usefulness, but also has weaknesses.
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    I use both, Smith machine for Flat, Incline, Dumbbells for Flys. I like to chage things up I usually dont have a spotter so the smith machine is great. I gues you could go back and forth all day what one is better, etc, but if you are getting a good workout hey.
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    What does your routine consist of man? Most usually incorporate both DBs and BBs into a chest workout. I do like the idea of rotating in the Smith Machine to help overload the chest though- perhaps a substitute for flat bench press once in awhile.
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    I'd say Dumbbell BP

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    Quote Originally Posted by DTjCW View Post
    What does your routine consist of man? Most usually incorporate both DBs and BBs into a chest workout. I do like the idea of rotating in the Smith Machine to help overload the chest though- perhaps a substitute for flat bench press once in awhile.
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    Can I ask what is wrong with a barbell?

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    i only use the smith for particular exercises that might put unwanted pressure on a joint i ahve issue with. namely i use it for seated shoulder press, to protect my shoulders, and smith squats, becuase its a specific exercise that allows you to apply more stress to your quads than a normal squat form.

    the smith has its place, but overall, you cant beat free weights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sahorn View Post
    I'm sure if one were to search long enough they could find a previous thread on everything.

    Welcome to the forum OP. I would stick with the dumbbell presses if strength is your main concern. They will activate more stabilizers. The smith machine is somewhat of an isolation movement and these are of little to no help at your current level of training. Stick with the "big four" compound movements.
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    Sahorn, kudos on both of your responses, I hate the arrogant "why don't you look it up on threads". Is this not a social forum? And the more information/opinions given, the more nuggets that can be found.

    And your second reply, yeah, DB is more compound, affecting more stabilizers than Smith. Smith does have it's usefulness, but also has weaknesses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TitanCT View Post
    i only use the smith for particular exercises that might put unwanted pressure on a joint i ahve issue with. namely i use it for seated shoulder press, to protect my shoulders, and smith squats, becuase its a specific exercise that allows you to apply more stress to your quads than a normal squat form.

    the smith has its place, but overall, you cant beat free weights.
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