Dumb - bells. Most cross fitters feelings towards the dumbbell trend, but really - IT IS IMPORTANT. Use them. Some of the advantages of single arm training/dumbbell use: ---
-CORE STABILITY: the weight of a dumbbell is not evenly distributed like that of a barbell, you have to resist the urge to lean towards the side that is working with the weight. Less stable = more core stability. ---
-SINGLE ARM STRENGTH: just about everyone has one arm that is stronger than the other, or one side that does more work. Does one of your arms chicken wing on a muscle up? When a bench press gets heavy, does one arm lock out faster than the other? Dumbbells don’t let you use one side to help the other. They don’t allow you to compensate for your weaker side. They force you to use each side equally, working on imbalances between limbs. Work your weaknesses. ---
-SHOULDER STABILITY: the dumbbell in the overhead position doesn’t allow you to use tension (rotating your hands on the bar or pulling the bar outwards/apart) to stabilize or keep it overhead. The dumbbell forces you to use your shoulder stabilizers in the correct way or the weight will not stay overhead. This will translate over to healthier shoulder mechanics with a barbell.
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