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    Traditionally I would try to use the heaviest DBs I could and still maintain decent form on a shoulder press, but with dc training I try to do the heaviest I can regardless. Is this a mistake, I mean obviously I'm still trying to keep my form decent, but my last set can look pretty ugly. Am I just trying to use too much weight, or is this common for most of you who do db shoulder presses?

    A separate question I'll just throw in here as well, I keep seeing a higher number of reps mentioned for db benching. I had been staying in the 8-4-2 range when I was doing these, is this too little? Traditionally my progress seems to be a session at 6-3-2, then 8-4-2, then 10-6-3, then move up to the next heaviest dbs. I figure as long as I'm moving up something's working, but am I doing too few reps overall?

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    Yes that's a mistake, this is not a boost-your-ego program. If you can't perform the entire set with great form, you're using too much.

    Yes, that is most likely too little. It is just that we like to keep DBs straight setted for 15+ reps, but if you demand rest pausing them then you keep them 15-30RP.

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    • #3
      i rest pause them and find that to keep perfect technique and get the 15 to 30 rp you have to hit 12reps or more before the 1st rest pause to make it worth it or else youre only gonna get 1 max 2 good reps on your other rest pauses.

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        i rest pause them and find that to keep perfect technique and get the 15 to 30 rp you have to hit 12reps or more before the 1st rest pause to make it worth it or else youre only gonna get 1 max 2 good reps on your other rest pauses.
        When I was RP'ing DB presses I could get something like 8-3-2 like on other chest exercises,... I mean I didn't loose any reps positioning the dumbbells,..... it takes me about 1 second to kick the dumbbells up with my knees (first right then left) so I don't feel that I loose any energy in the last 2 mini sets. But still when I use dumbbell presses next I am going to do them in 15-30RP to be safe.
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