Dumbell bench press-go deep or not

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  1. blindbodybuilder

    blindbodybuilder Well-Known Member

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    So I was doing a workout at my brothers place yesterday, I was doing dumbbell bench press and he noticed that when lowering the dumbells I go beloww parallel with my chest, this is something I have always done as I thought it provides a good stretch of the pecs.
    Apparently he was told by his personal trainer not to go below parallel as it involves the shoulders more and is just putting yourself at risk of injury.

    Is this true, is it better to hold the contraction at parallel or is going deeper worth it.
     
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  3. Meatbag

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    If you can go deeper without any pain or discomfort, do it.
     
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    How do you get the db's past your chest?
     
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    blindbodybuilder Well-Known Member

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    I have always been able to go slightly below parallel using db's
     
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    Unless I flare my elbows out, the db's hit my chest. Maybe I just have short limbs.
     
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    Must be 2 of us then
     
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  8. blindbodybuilder

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    I definitely don't flare my elbows doing that does cause me discomfort in my shoulders.

    I use form similar to power lifting bench, I do have long limbs though I thought it was pretty commonto be able to go below parallel with db's.
     
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    Maybe using 30's and a parallel grip? I'm struggling to picture how you can go lower with db's than a barbell.

    Look at this guy - his hands are pretty much as low as they can go, but they're not really lower than you'd be with a bb:

     
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    pretty sure he means elbows breaking parallel not his hands going past chest. Remember back in theday the whole time under tension where you wouldn't break parallel with your tricep.. he is doing that.
     
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    I was doing dumbbell presses yesterday and played around to see if I could go below my chest. I've got knackered shoulders as is and restricted mobility in them, and yeah I could get the slightly below where I would with a barbell. Not much but I can imagine someone with better mobility could get a bit further.

    I had also managed to flare up a bit of discomfort in my shoulder earlier benching, and going deep didn't seem to aggravate it all. I say keep going deep mate.
     
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    Ok so I am totally blind so videos are no help to me..lol

    Maybe I am mistaken but I sure feel as though I can get my hands slightly below parallel with my chest, it definitely wouldn't be much but definitely feels like I can go lower with db's than a bar.

    I will have to get someone in the gym to check it out for me next time I am there or if I can work out how to post a video i'll do that.

    Basically though I am asking would you go as low as your rom permits?
     
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    yeah mate just do what your doing
     
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    I don't think there's much point in pushing the boundaries - a flat db bench press isn't really about targeting your outer pecs. There's lots of other safer exercises to isolate them.
     
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    if you are able to keep it controlled then I would say continue doing it as long as you aren't bringing them so low to the point that you are just rotating your shoulder rather than stretching the chest. if you ever feel pain or discomfort I would shorten that ROM
     
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  16. hashish

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    mrs told me to always go deep.. so i go as deep as i can.
    its not much, but its all my ROM permits.
     
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    Mate I posted this over a year ago, did it take you that long to think that one up....jk.
     
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    HA HA, that was a good laugh.

    Those kiwis are pretty sharp.
     
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    If you're mobile enough for it, the deeper the better. Just make sure you keep your back tightness and form proper. My shoulders are super mobile so I go quite deep myself.

    Just don't rely on the stretch reflex so much when going deeper or you can injure yourself.

    If you go deep, go slow down and brief pause then press up.
     
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    I go deep, real deep.
     

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