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If you have a barbell for the other lifts (particularly squat and deadlift), then yes, dumbbell bench is fine. For most lifts, dumbbells are too difficult to properly load the movement. Bench press is a special case where the dumbbell version... can be made just as heavy as the barbell version for most people doesn't require a spotter, which the barbell ...


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First, congratulations for taking the time to exercise. It's an achievement by itself (considering many people want to, but don't end up doing it). Second, If you really want to follow the StrongLifts 5X5 program, no, you cannot use dumbbells. You need to use a barbell and weights. Why? For one, you cannot squat with dumbbells. The core of the program ...


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Looks like you've got a strain in your trap and rhomboid muscles as a result of a muscle imbalance. The first thing I would do is not arch my back when doing bench presses. Try keeping your legs up on the bench with your feet flat. Also, make sure you are lowering the bar to your sternum and not the upper chest. Otherwise, you may be offloading the ...



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