Monday, August 23, 2010

Why Dumbbells Are Important For Great Chest Workouts

Dumbbells Make You Work Harder



People who work out with weights may notice that one side of the body seems stronger than the other. This causes a lot of frustration because it will screw up your symmetry and progress. Even worse you can be hurt very seriously if one side of the body can't carry its own weight (literally). 

That's why dumbbell workouts should be part of any serious exercise routine. Yet, you'll see people scoff at the dumbbells and head straight for the Olympic bar. They don't even realize how important the dumbbells can be to their chest strengthening workouts. Take the barbell flat bench press, for example. If you're a newbie or haven't worked out for a long time, you might notice that it's harder to press from one side or the other. This would affect how many reps that you can successfully perform. What's happening is that progress is slowed as one side of the body has to compensate for the other side. But what can you do about it?

Benefits of Dumbbell Workouts

When you workout with dumbbells, you force both sides of the body to work hard. For example, if the muscles on the left side of your chest aren't developing as quickly as those on the right side, you can perform additional repetitions of the less developed muscles using dumbbells. This allows you to put more attention on those muscle groups teaching them to take the stress during exercise. The exercises should be performed with equal weight dumbbells, though, to prevent the weaker side from becoming stronger than the muscles that are further along in their development. It's important to keep in mind that some dumbbell exercises maybe more difficult to perform than others and thus you might want to get the help of a spotter.

Here's a short list of some chest and shoulder exercises that can be done with dumbbells:

  • dumbbell flat bench press
  • dumbbell declined bench press
  • dumbbell front arm raise
  • dumbbell overhead press
  • dumbbell lateral raise
  • dumbbell pullovers
  • hammer grip inclined dumbbell bench press

It's a good idea to mix it up a bit i.e. perform barbell exercises one week and then dumbbell exercises the next, this way you keep your muscles guessing and also to help strengthen those muscles that are slower to progress.

Okay, that's all for this article. Look forward to more articles on my Great Chest Workouts website. Thanks for reading.

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