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Old 02-20-2003, 12:45 PM   #1
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Coach or anyone else,

I use all dumbells on all my movements. I started doing this because after years of lifting reguarily I developed some minor muscle imbalances. So, I started using all dumbells to ensure that each side was pulling its own weight. This did correct all my problems in addition to some chiropractic help.
On "big" movements I am creative, as an example; for squats I use a backpack with weights and hold dumbells. The reason is because heavier dumbells will hit my knees when I squat so this is what I do.

I am very knowledgable about fitness, however I allways like to hear from other knowledgable people.

So, I am asking if all dumbells will work with the weight portion of "Crossfit"?

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Old 02-20-2003, 01:03 PM   #2
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Jeff- I think your instincts were great to adopt the DB's. I think you can get excellent WO's with just DB's but there is a difference with BB. for example the loading possible in things like the snatch, CJ, squats and DL's are quite a bit more than that possible with db's. It does change things and crossfit is after all interested in as many training stimuli as possible.
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Old 02-20-2003, 04:12 PM   #3
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You also won't be able to do heavy squats very well.
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Old 02-21-2003, 09:03 AM   #4
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Robert, wouldn't the dumbells lighter weight be conpensated by them being slightly harder to use. What I mean is by having to use more muscle do to the range of motion.

Also, on squats I can realistically load 125 lbs. into a backpack and use 75 lb. dumbells. This would let me do 275 lbs. squats for 20 reps.

I may in the future, begin to use both kinds of equiptment.

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Old 02-21-2003, 09:14 AM   #5
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How far down will you be able to go without the dumbbelss touching the ground. I'm pretty sure there would be some balance/load differences as well. This is probably something you want to ask Coach. However, if using dumbbells was really as good as using barbells for things like squats, I'm sure more people would be doing it.
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Old 02-21-2003, 10:22 AM   #6
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Jeff- I dont know tha there is an ultimate "better" option here. it sounds like you are doing some incredible stuff right now so if DB's are your most viable option i think that is great. BUT! BB's do change the loading dramaticly. This is seen especially in the OL's. Tinker with both if you get a chance..i think you will like the variety.
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Old 02-21-2003, 04:41 PM   #7
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I use DBs a lot, but I don't think they're really adequate for heavy loading. At a minimum, they certainly change the dynamics of the lift!

One example . . . I enjoy doing "dumbbell deadlifts" (one on either side) and can generally go pretty deep on them . . . but having two independent objects turns that lift into a grip exercise, rather than a hip extension exercise. I can only hold about 110, maybe 120 lbs. in each hand before I just lose it at 7 reps (even with a hook grip) . . . but I can get 5 reps with 330 lbs total on an olympic bar and an over/under grip.

Both are fine exercises . . . but one stresses the grip maximally and just sort of warms up the hips . . . the other (DL with the bar) maximally loads the hip and back extensors.
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Old 02-22-2003, 10:19 AM   #8
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I really appreciate all of you input. I do believe that I may "randomly" change from dumbells to barbells in no particular order.

Actually, as I sit and think about it, it actually sounds fun.

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