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    Default Differences between Barbell and Dumbbell Shoulder Press/Bench Press

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    While I see many exercise routines suggesting to do the Barbell Bench Press/Barbell Shoulder Press, I was wondering if it was equivalent to use dumbbells for these exercises. I've been doing the DB Bench/Shoulder Presses since in my gym, it always seems easier to find the right set of dumbbells rather than waiting for the barbell/weights (plus the time to load the weights on the barbell). Moreover, its easier to get off the bench using the dumbbells (when doing the bench press) rather than the barbell.

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    If you have the equiptment available to you it is good to switch up from time to time between barbell and dumbell in all exercises that it applys.

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    Also depending on your age and personal history of injury oftentimes dumbbells are preferred to barbells because they exert far less pressure on the shoulder joint, which by the way is the shallowest of the ball and socket joints in the human body... be kind to it.

    For example, I can dumbbell press far more weight and greater number of sets and reps than I can with a barbell because I have dislocated both shoulders multiple times during my life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Expat68 View Post
    Also depending on your age and personal history of injury oftentimes dumbbells are preferred to barbells because they exert far less pressure on the shoulder joint, which by the way is the shallowest of the ball and socket joints in the human body... be kind to it.

    For example, I can dumbbell press far more weight and greater number of sets and reps than I can with a barbell because I have dislocated both shoulders multiple times during my life.
    i have the same thing, i find millitary presses really stress my shoulders

    Seated dumbell presses i can use more weight.

    I prefer seated dumbell presses way more then millitary press

    Some exercises just have to be done in dumbells.

    The millitary press is no doubt a good exercise, but i find my dominate side does most of the work. I find the barbell raised more to my right hand side ( right is my dominate side)

    Try 4-6 weeks of dumbells for shoulders, then another 4-6 weeks of barbells. or switch up every week if you wish
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    mate dumbell presses also allow you to evenly distribute the weight to both shoulders which is a big plus
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    I agree it's good to switch it up if you can and have no problems with it just for some variation, your body will get used to a certain routine and changes will help shock the muscles back into growth.. it doesn't have to be the exercise you swap but this is somthing easy to do..

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    I am a great believer that dumbells are better than barbells, especially in the first year or two of training.
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