I'm not sayiny that dumbells aren't good, just not as good as barbell bench press and a mass builder. Mass building requires continuously using max weights and barbells allow for that better than dumbells. Arnold liked dumbells cuz it is a much better shaping exercize then barbells. But i'll wager that when he was up and coming he used a hell of alot more barbell bench presses than dumbell. All in all, both are good exercizes but i just think that they each serve a slightly different purpose.quijjiboo said:Kind of an odd question hehe, but I would say flat and incline presses with the dumbells.
sikdogg I disagree with you about barbells being superior for mass over dumbells. I think someone could get incredibly large and strong training exclusively with dumbells. Arnold is an example of someone who favoured dumbells. I would say barbell and dumbell excercises are of equal value. Myself and alot of people I know do exclusive shoulder work with dumbells/machines/cables, and have had no problem with size or strength.