I train alone in my basement, but I used dumbbells exclusively for upper body exercises until I got a rack. Now I position the pins in the rack just above my chest when I bench. I may not go all the way down, but it's better than pressing without the pins and risking serious injury or worse.
You know, dumbells is something I have thought about - but I can't figure out where to put them when I'm trying to lie down and get ready to lift. How do (did) you manage that??
Stephen Johnson wrote:
That's pretty much how I do it. In order to not have to bend over and pick them up in the first place, I add the plates with the DB on the bench. Then after the lift I'll lay them down on the bench behind me once I reach a standing position.
The closer you can put the DBs to your center of gravity, the easier it is to lie down and get up with them in your hands.