My training has been going very well for the first time in a long time. So much so that I have been following a steady and consistent progression. That however came at a price during yesterday's training.

I have been using dumbbells for seated overhead presses. That was fine when I was just getting back using 20's for super high reps. Well, yesterday I was working up to the 60's and swinging them up to my shoulders which was no bueno.

Immediately after the first set, I got a little bit of a stab in my right shoulder. Smartly I followed the most important rule written on my gym wall "If it hurts, don't do it!"

So I moved on to my next exercise which was dips. I started with my usual protocol of warming up with a set using banded assistance. I completed about five reps and that stab quickly reappeared. Back to the aforementioned rule which ended my session for the day.

The moral of the story, dumbbells blow! Yes, they can serve many purposes safely. However, hoisting heavy dumbbells for movements such as overhead presses and benching is just unnecessary. It's far safer to use a barbell or specialty bar set up properly in a rack.


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