Originally Posted by Casey Butt
In that case, you'll almost certainly have to implement some form of periodization over that routine as well. As Kitarpyar said, Reeves didn't follow that routine indefinitely ...though he did appear to push it fairly hard for a stint before the 1951 Mr. Universe. This was used to build up to a peak by Reeves, after a long period of many months of no weight training at all. Personally, I wouldn't expect to get 12 months from that routine.
Generally, I'd say barbell, particularly for beginners. But at the more experienced level dumbbell versions often become preferred by some people ...usually for pressing, curling and sometimes rowing. Everyone develops preferences in time, but barbells are generally the better bet for beginners and as a general rule ...with exceptions not entirely uncommon for more experienced lifters. Even then, with personal tendencies considered, one is rarely so superior to the other that you can completely forsake one for the other - it's usually a matter of biasing your training cycles to favour barbells or dumbbells, but rarely completely and forever. IMO, most people would be best off to "make friends" with both and use them for cycles according to their personal preferences/strengths and goals, with beginners starting out with barbells as their base and introducing dumbbells gradually.
It's impossible to know when you're using 50/50 of anything, but as a general rule more pecs are "involved" as you move your elbows out from your body; elbows in = triceps, elbows out = pecs. Of course, nothing is really that cut and dried, but that will give you a ballpark idea of what to expect. Depending on how they're done, Dips can be a very effective pec exercise, or nearly all triceps.
thanks for that response , just to clarify the reeves workout I am using is the one from the real results workout section on this site made by glawnbe
Squat 3 x 8-12
Dumbbell or Barbell Row 3 x 8-12; Deadlift 3 x 5 * see note
Barbell or Dumbbell Overhead Press 3 x 8-12 ** see note.
Barbell or Dumbbell Bench 3 x 8-12
Barbell or Dumbbell Curl 3 x 8-12
Dips 5 x 10 @ Bodyweight. Try for sets of 10, but do what you can.
Barbell Calf Raise 3 x 15-20
is this not a workout I can stay on for 12 months ?