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    Default Dumbbell Press vs Bench Press - Triceps Involved?

    I know that when benching, the closer the hands are together, the more the tricep is involved in the pressing. To what extant does dumbbell presses (more specifically incline dumbbell press) rely on the triceps? Because I've found that my dumbbell press, when I do the exercise first, tends to be quite a bit less than what I could normally bench if I was to bench first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tazrockon View Post
    I know that when benching, the closer the hands are together, the more the tricep is involved in the pressing. To what extant does dumbbell presses (more specifically incline dumbbell press) rely on the triceps? Because I've found that my dumbbell press, when I do the exercise first, tends to be quite a bit less than what I could normally bench if I was to bench first.

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    Dumbell bench pressing relys alot on the triceps. Since with dumbell bench pressing you will not have the dominate side doing majority of the work, The triceps are then doing an EQUAL amount of work.

    Overall Triceps are very important for all bench pressing, Dumbells or Barbells....

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    Ok. I was mainly wondering which exercise was better for isolating the chest.
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    Another factor that tends to activate the triceps more with dumbbells is that you need to "stabalise" the bells more throughout the movement than you do with the straight bar which tends to be alot easier to "balance" through the centre of the movement. Hence the dumbbell move activates the assiting muscles more in a move than the straight bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by macca View Post
    Another factor that tends to activate the triceps more with dumbbells is that you need to "stabalise" the bells more throughout the movement than you do with the straight bar which tends to be alot easier to "balance" through the centre of the movement. Hence the dumbbell move activates the assiting muscles more in a move than the straight bar.
    Try Flat Dumbell flys, Pec dec, Incline flys, Decline flys, Dumbell pullover, Cable Crossover.

    These are all effective isolation exercises for the chest...

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    IF you push the dumbells together above the middle of you chest, during the up and down movements this will isolate your chest ALOT more than normal dumbell pressing.
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