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Old 02-03-2011, 03:31 PM   #1
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Anyone else use (used) one arm dumbbell presses?

I started using them recently and they are fast becoming a staple. I can no longer "cheat curl" two heavy dumbbells up at the same time without tweaking my biceps, so one arm presses are much easier to get into position, but they require a little more balance.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:40 PM   #2
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I have always fancied trying them, but I always thought if the weight was a bit heavy i would end up extending the db up by raising my shoulder off the bench, which i would assume is wrong... not really certain on the technique, but would be very interested to see what kind of results they give

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No, I did but not anymore. I was found out that you are able to lend more cheat muscles into the press inorder to get up more weight. I think the cheat muscles were more back, Lower back and something else. Back when I used them I was only able to press two 80's solid at the sametime, When I did that I was able to push up almost 15 extra pounds
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I'm not too worried about which muscles move the weight.

Just not my cup of tea...

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Well true, But I still think pressing two big ass weights at the same time is more He-man and the masters of the universe,.
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No, I did but not anymore. I was found out that you are able to lend more cheat muscles into the press inorder to get up more weight. I think the cheat muscles were more back, Lower back and something else. Back when I used them I was only able to press two 80's solid at the sametime, When I did that I was able to push up almost 15 extra pounds
thats sounds like the bilateral deficit - the idea that you can use more nervs to send more signals to the muscles to work if you are only using one side at a time and therefore lift more, although some people dont think it is as significant as others and that it is more about stabilisation...

there is some good stuff on unilateral training, crossover to bilateral movements and the bilateral deficit here..T NATION | Unilateral Movements Make You Weak

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I have been doing one arm presses once a week for the past year. I saw them on World's strongest man and thought they looked like a sick lift. Tried it and really kind of like them. Single snatches too. I think it's because timing and balance are huge strong points for me. Just static butt strength, not so much, but add movement in and I seem to do better anyway. Plus, I believe it has helped my static OH presses, too.

Are you much better with one arm than the other? I am. My right is way better than my left, so I do left first, then only do that many reps with my right.
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I used to do them a lot more but still do them from time to time. I prefer one arm at a time for push presses, and love doing one armed db snatches. For Strict presses I prefer using both dbs both won't use crazy weight now either.
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When doing one arm db presses, which i do standing btw, i snatch the DB, lock it out and do presses. This is good because you can squeese out 3-5 extra reps by using your legs in a push press style at the end of the set.

I like them, not doing em very often though.
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