Question of the Week: Barbells vs. Dumbbells
Our experts clarify which weights you should train with to get the results you want.
However, dumbbell training has it’s pitfalls as well. Dumbbells only go up to a certain weight, therefore serious strength training should be conducted with barbells as they allow for much more added load to lifts. Squatting, one of the most important exercises, is best executed with a barbell because of the even load across the spine. Furthermore, barbells are best used for developing dynamic power lifts like the clean or press, because they require the entire body to move as one coordinated unit. The barbell forces the user to generate and use power.