Staying away from dumbbell work is another training mistake. One man who knew how critical dumbbell work was the legendary Pat Casey, the man officially credited for being the first bench press of 600 lb. Plenty of heavy dumbbell incline presses was done before he reached that landmark weight in the bench press.
Besides exercising the muscles for greater ranges, dumbbell work requires stabilization of the joint which makes succeeding barbell work much easier. Of course, for practical and physiological reasons, this principle applies more to the training of the upper extremities.
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The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.