Both barbells and dumbbells have their place in a fighters program for exercises like the shoulder press… Either to target specific qualities in different blocks of training, to accommodate shoulder mobility or injury, or simply because of the limited availability of one or the other in your gym!

In this video all is explained, while I share part of a discussion from a video call with one of my Heavy Hitter clients… He struggled to get hold of two barbells for the Deadlift and Shoulder Press superset pairing in his program.

Armed with the information shared on this call, he opted to use a barbell for the Deadlift, and then use a pair of dumbbells for the Shoulder Press – so he could compact his training session as much as possible without negatively affecting his results.

by Don Heatrick

Don Heatrick

Founder of Heatrick Strength and Conditioning

Don Heatrick is a family man from the UK, former mechanical design engineer, European Muay Thai silver medallist, former pro Thai boxer (ranked 4th in UK while aged 40-years), a Muay Thai coach, podcast host, and the go-to expert on Muay Thai performance training with over 25 years of coaching experience.

Don helps ambitious fighters and coaches take their game to the next level by bridging the gap between Strength & Conditioning, Performance Science, and Muay Thai.

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