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    Ok ive been pretty much convinced to mainly use freeweights, and i definitely find them much more effective, now the gym (my school gym) that i currently use has only dumbells, obviously this makes squatting and deadlifting much harder (i am on the WW4SB) however my real question is about benching - i haven't benched with a bar for over a year and i can bench around 30kg dumbells (one in each hand) now everyone tells me that dumbells are much harder to bench press because of balance, but then i tried using a bar today at my friends gym and found that i was all over the place and could barely lift 60kg (including bar) - is this simply because i am used to dumbells or is there some form of balance muscles that i miss out by using dumbells.
    ANd finally, the reason i wrote this, do you think it is worth paying an extra 20 quid a month to get the better facilitys of better weights with bars and everything
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    I would say it's because you're used to using dumb bells. I too only use dumb bells for benching and when I try using a barbell I find it really wobbley and more difficult to lift.
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    Dumbbells and barbells use different lines, when you get used to it you will lift more on a barbell
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    (Original post by busbybabe)
    Ok ive been pretty much convinced to mainly use freeweights, and i definitely find them much more effective, now the gym (my school gym) that i currently use has only dumbells, obviously this makes squatting and deadlifting much harder (i am on the WW4SB) however my real question is about benching - i haven't benched with a bar for over a year and i can bench around 30kg dumbells (one in each hand) now everyone tells me that dumbells are much harder to bench press because of balance, but then i tried using a bar today at my friends gym and found that i was all over the place and could barely lift 60kg (including bar) - is this simply because i am used to dumbells or is there some form of balance muscles that i miss out by using dumbells.
    ANd finally, the reason i wrote this, do you think it is worth paying an extra 20 quid a month to get the better facilitys of better weights with bars and everything
    Since your school gym doesn't have barbells for benching, I assume it doesn't have a squat rack. Given that, I'd definitely pay £20 to use a better gym (£20 a month is good value if it's well equipped!).
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    I think you do need a variety, especially over time... and i do stick to barbell press as one of my main exercises, although when I go heavy on dumbell press I personally find it very effective as I can lower the dumbells further than i can a barbell and I get a more effective stretch in the chest...

    Although as above says, £20 a month is really good value and when it comes to other exercises your gonna need the barbells aswell
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    Yeah 60 BB is low compared to 30 DBs. It will get higher as you get used to it, barbell always = more weight, as you get used to it.

    Just use both
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    holdon , just to add, i already pay 28 pounds a month for my school gym outside school hours, so that would make it 50 quid for this, its not a £20 gym unfortunately
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    (Original post by busbybabe)
    holdon , just to add, i already pay 28 pounds a month for my school gym outside school hours, so that would make it 50 quid for this, its not a £20 gym unfortunately
    Well I guess it depends how much money you have. If it's possible, I'd go to the better gym and stop going to the school one. If money's tight, make do with what you've got. FWIW, I probably wouldn't pay £50 for a gym (but then, I'm not in London).
 
 
 
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