Stephen Johnson wrote:
Good alternative to benching? Good enough I should ask...
Just curious - why are you looking for an alternative to benching? Most lifters can't seem to get enough of it.
Not me, though. I can flat barbell bench every now and then, but doing it regularly causes big time shoulder inflammation. Since switching to dumbbell presses/flies, my shoulder soreness is gone and my chest has actually improved. As I mentioned in a previous thread
, bodybuilders like Bill Pearl and Eddie Robinson both swear by dumbbell flies for chest development.
Mine is for similiar reasons as yours. I have been doing weighted chest dips and seemed to have mastered them almost primarily as a chest exercise. I have heard that barbell benching impedes on shoulder abilities, and with DB benching I cannot seem to get nearly enough weight above me to really make them challenging. I have adjustable DB's and putting up more than 60 lbs each is nearly impossible for me. I am just wondering if I were to bench in like a year from now, if it would not suffer too much because I am doing other things...
Oh by the way, I do not have a rack to take off a 200 lb loaded barbell either (another reason for Deadlifts instead of squats). But I just use my washer and dryer as "dipping" poles, although in reality you obviously cannot grip them like a pole. I am used to it though.