If you read my trap bar deadlift thread in the Basic Training Forum, you're familiar with my recent experiences. I am currently trying to lose fat, but I am hoisting poundages I have never attempted before. I am thinking that one might be able to achieve greater strength and hypertrophy by reducing the planes of motion in a given exercise after a max has been achieved for a given rep range. For instance, one could do a dumbell bench press for their chest movement. When the 5 rep max is achieved, one could then switch to the barbell. One can use greater weight with the barbell than the dumbells because more muscles are used as stabilizers and less are used for work. If hypertrophy for the chest could be achieved from dumbell poundages, wouldn't even more hypertrophy be gained by increasing the load on the muscle? We currently do this by reducing the reps, but reducing the planes of motion would also facilitate this. One could max out with their dumbells, lower the load by a few increments, and then do a new microocycle using a barbell. I suppose one could even continue the cycle on a Smith machine, if his CNS wasn't fried at that point. So what is your opinion?