CrossFit Discussion Board  

Go Back   CrossFit Discussion Board > CrossFit Forum > Starting
CrossFit Home Forum Site Rules CrossFit FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Starting For newcomers to the CrossFit methodology

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 08-22-2008, 05:03 AM   #1
John DeSouza
Member John DeSouza is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: San Fransisco  CA
Posts: 33
dumbbell bench press instead of BB bench press

Due to a nagging pinched nerve in the neck which for some reason aggravates when using the BB for a bench press. Can i instead use dumb bells and follow the procedure in the Demo section by Mark Rippstone?

I find it easier to to use the dumbbell but am not sure if i would be able to follow the form as Mark Rippstone has in his lecture.

If not what would be an alternate to the BB bench press?
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2008, 07:43 AM   #2
Andy Gann
Member Andy Gann is offline
 
Andy Gann's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Kodak  TN
Posts: 1,998
Re: dumbbell bench press instead of BB bench press

FYI ..

His name is Mark Rippetoe.

Most refer to him as 'Rip' or 'Coach Rip' (i think because he'd 'rip' you a new one if you messed with his program .... or didn't squat deep enough in his presence...)

But if you want to sub DB for BB - my suggestion would be to purchase and read Starting Strength and then, if you didn't find your answer - ask again.

BTW - glad you're here
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2008, 08:13 AM   #3
Justin McGinley
Affiliate Justin McGinley is offline
 
Justin McGinley's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Cherry Hill  NJ
Posts: 3,047
Re: dumbbell bench press instead of BB bench press

If I were you, I'd do what I can to take care of that pinched nerve.

Yes, do dumbell presses until your shoulder gets better, but don't ignore the larger issues at hand. Db presses are a fine exercise, but nothing compared to a barbell bench press for developing upper body strength.
__________________
My Affiliate - CrossFit Aspire in Cherry Hill New Jersey
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2008, 08:24 AM   #4
John DeSouza
Member John DeSouza is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: San Fransisco  CA
Posts: 33
Re: dumbbell bench press instead of BB bench press

Quote:
Originally Posted by Justin McGinley View Post
If I were you, I'd do what I can to take care of that pinched nerve.

Yes, do dumbell presses until your shoulder gets better, but don't ignore the larger issues at hand. Db presses are a fine exercise, but nothing compared to a barbell bench press for developing upper body strength.

The pinched nerve is due to a bulging disc in my neck and that surgery i want to avoid as much.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2008, 08:32 AM   #5
Jamie J. Skibicki
Member Jamie J. Skibicki is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pittsburgh  PA
Posts: 8,841
Re: dumbbell bench press instead of BB bench press

THe problem with dbs are the incremental loading. Most gyms have 5 lbs jumps in the db once you get to a weight that will tax you for a set of five. A 10 lb increase every other workout on the SS program either means you started way low, your ROM is horrible, you are genetically gifted freak who we will all read about soon, or you have pharmacutical help.

If you can find a way to jump the dbs a total of 2 lbs combined, it should work the same as the BB version.

If you get a moderately priced solution, let me know.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2008, 09:04 AM   #6
Jay Cohen
Member Jay Cohen is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Sharpsville  PA
Posts: 3,384
Re: dumbbell bench press instead of BB bench press

Magnetic fractional plates, assuming the DB are all metal and not metal with rubber coating.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2008, 09:06 AM   #7
John DeSouza
Member John DeSouza is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: San Fransisco  CA
Posts: 33
Re: dumbbell bench press instead of BB bench press

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie J. Skibicki View Post
THe problem with dbs are the incremental loading. Most gyms have 5 lbs jumps in the db once you get to a weight that will tax you for a set of five. A 10 lb increase every other workout on the SS program either means you started way low, your ROM is horrible, you are genetically gifted freak who we will all read about soon, or you have pharmacutical help.

If you can find a way to jump the dbs a total of 2 lbs combined, it should work the same as the BB version.

If you get a moderately priced solution, let me know.

My old gym had increments of 2.5 LBS. my new gym has increments of 5 LBS. i started out with 40Lbs and i figure i do them till i get my form right and then slowly work my way to the 45LBS. Only help i have is that of protein powders and i do not go below and my hands stay parallel.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2008, 09:08 AM   #8
Jamie J. Skibicki
Member Jamie J. Skibicki is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Pittsburgh  PA
Posts: 8,841
Re: dumbbell bench press instead of BB bench press

I was looking at magnets, they are pretty pricey though. THat would seem to be the best solution. I'm thinking of buying some fractional plates and just passing them through an electro magnet a few dozen times. Only problem is finding a dc source with alot of amps.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2008, 06:41 PM   #9
Greg Humphries
Member Greg Humphries is offline
 
Greg Humphries's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Monroe  LA
Posts: 11
Re: dumbbell bench press instead of BB bench press

Do a search for the "football bar" its an Olympic style bar that allows a neutral grip. Very useful for those with shoulder problems. Unfortunately, it's kinda pricey.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-22-2008, 06:55 PM   #10
Jared Ashley
Member Jared Ashley is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Tucson  AZ
Posts: 1,550
Re: dumbbell bench press instead of BB bench press

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jamie J. Skibicki View Post
THe problem with dbs are the incremental loading. Most gyms have 5 lbs jumps in the db once you get to a weight that will tax you for a set of five. A 10 lb increase every other workout on the SS program either means you started way low, your ROM is horrible, you are genetically gifted freak who we will all read about soon, or you have pharmacutical help.

If you can find a way to jump the dbs a total of 2 lbs combined, it should work the same as the BB version.

If you get a moderately priced solution, let me know.
I got the spin-lock adjustable dumbbell handles that take standard plates from Wal-Mart. My smallest standard plate is 1 1/4 lbs, which means I can increase the weight of the bell by 2 1/2 lbs a side.

Come to think of it, 1 1/4 lbs is a small enough amount of weight that I could just add a single plate and leave the handle unbalanced.

I can't remember who it was, but somebody said they found some big washers that had a hole just the right size for a standard bar... the washers weighted 0.25 lbs apeice, and were perfect for fractional loading.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
GTG for Bench Press/Strict Press Damon Stewart Fitness 4 04-12-2008 07:49 AM
Floor Press as a substitute for the Bench Press Jason Rambo Exercises 24 09-28-2007 01:34 PM
"No Bench Press" Bench Press Program Nick Gagnon Fitness 17 06-21-2007 01:13 AM
Grip - Bench press and standing press Daniel Doiron Exercises 11 12-09-2006 08:17 PM
Bench Press Brad Hirakawa Exercises 7 07-06-2004 09:52 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:38 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
CrossFit is a registered trademark of CrossFit Inc.