Raising the Bar Workout with Dumbbells?

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    Raising the Bar Workout with Dumbbells?

    I'm planning on doing the Raising the Bar workout as part of my weekly routine the next time I change up my schedule in 2 weeks, but before I do that, I just had a few questions about it. I was thinking about doing it with dumbbells instead of a barbell, just because I have dumbbells at home and don't own a barbell, so I could still do the workout in the comfort of my own room if I wasn't able to get to the gym that day, which is something I make sure is possible with most of my workouts to guarantee the most consistency on my part. Plus, dumbbells are often safer than a barbell since you can more easily drop the weights if need be, and I doubt the amount of weight I would be lifting would be much different anyway (I currently use two 15 pound dumbbells for most exercises, but I'm planning on upping that to a set of 20s soon) since I would probably just end up using a light bar and then stack on plates to equal the same amount I'm used to.

    I was thinking it would still be a good full-body workout, especially since I'll make sure to do crunches between sets for extra credit instead of resting, but there was just one thing I was curious about. I think the bicep curls should still be about the same, especially since I always curl both arms at the same time, and the crunches are a bodyweight exercise anyway, but I was a bit more unsure about how to go about doing the clean and presses. I figured I could still just go from a deadlift up into a shoulder press, but I was wondering what position I should start the exercise from. Should I set the dumbbells on the floor, or pick them up and hold them above the ground around where I would theoretically be grabbing a barbell?

    I was also thinking about maybe swapping out the clean and press for a squat and shoulder press combination, because I figured that would work most of the same muscles and even put some more emphasis on my lower body. I wasn't certain if this would necessarily be better or not though, because I don't know if that move would work my lower back the same way I'm assuming a clean and press probably would, and I know that the lower back is a really important muscle area to train, so I always like to include exercises that train it.

    I'd like some input here, so let me know what you guys think as to how I should go about this workout .

    #2
    How about just choosing another workout? Raising the bar consists of two exercises, just choose two similar ones that work for you and do your own thing. On the other hand, just do the whole thing with dumbbells, it works either way. The movements aren't exactly barbell exclusive

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      #3
      lofivelcro Well, I like the way the Raising the Bar workout is set up. I know from experience that bicep curls are a great exercise to help increase strength and muscle mass, especially when done to failure, and while I've never done clean and presses before, I'm willing to bet the same thing applies to them because shoulder presses are another good move and the deadlift involved is a good way of incorporating additional muscles. Plus I think doing crunches as a form of active rest is a great idea.

      That's true, so I think I'll probably still go through with doing it using dumbbells. I guess the main point of why I made this post was mostly regarding my question with how I should go about the form for dumbbell clean and presses (should I start with the weights on the floor, or let them hang a little off the ground?), and whether maybe swapping that move out with a squat and shoulder press combination would be a good idea and if that would still work my lower back, so what are your thoughts on those points?

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        #4
        db clean and press starts from the floor, you pick it up straight backed up to the hips, clean it via hip swing and then press with very slight thurst push. If you want to go for max weights (safety first) do them first one handed to learn technique

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