Most of the people who come from powerlifting are indulgent about dumbbells, preferring his majesty - the bar. Yes, it is difficult to argue with the effectiveness of the last tool for hypertrophic purposes. But we tried and proved: the absolute monopoly of this equipment is not justified - a couple of gadgets from "amateur fitness" can pump your body no worse than a vaunted barbell.
Strength training can not continue in a constantly high intensity. Sometimes, to get ahead, it is necessary to slow down. Do not leave the strength training, just reduce the number of trainings up to 2 times a week, using an effective program of compound full body workouts and continuing confident movement towards the goal.