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    fitwes16 is offline First Set
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    Push ups vs Bench Press

    What are the perks of both? I know i do both but i see more results out of push ups. Maybe because i have been benching longer...... I feel the burn not only in my chest but in my triceps and shoulders doing pushups so they feel more beneficial but bench press gets me more 1R power for sure. Just wondering what any of you do and how it works out for ya......

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    niceone is offline Third Set
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    I train to gain mass so pushups arent really benefical to me. I bench because it is the only way that I can reall engage my larger chest muscle fibers.

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    You feel the pushups more because you can probably do more, for example I'm assuming you can do 25 or 30 easy. But put a weight that you can do 25-30 easy on a bench and you'll feel that same burn also because your body switches to endurance mode.

    Now put weight on your back that you can only do 5 good pushups, and compare it to a 5rm max on the bench and it's comparable.

    Also, pushups are almost always done with body weight obviously. I think if you warm-up well enough on the bench, you'll feel it and get that burn like you do with pushups.

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    So what are push ups useful for? not for mass? just waste of time? or good for tone?

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    If you can get a weight vest, or use rubber tubing, mini-bands or such, push-ups are not a waste of time. But you definately need to add resistance.

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    Push ups good for toning.

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    abear is offline Forum O.G.
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    Google "Chad Waterbury Pushing Up Your Explosive Strength" to learn how push-ups can help you gain size and strength as part of a total program

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    no such thing as "tone" :P
    if your weak and cant do many pushups, then id say work up good pushup strenght before you near a bench, pushup also uses more core for stabalizing, since its using the "plank" position during the entire exersice..

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    Pushups are good for the same reason as squats or pullups. Its because you "move your body through space". You use a lot more muscles doing them versus doing dumbell bench press. That's why they are great and should still be done, even when you are trying to bulk.

    I do agree, however, that you should add some resistance if you can. Don't overdo it though. Pushups are a great natural movement, and stacking weights on your back will mess up your form and probably hurt your shoulderblades. It hurt mine...

    Dont just drop them out of your routine though. Better comparison is it's like doing 30-35 dips. You may do a lot of reps, but NO ONE would tell you to stop doing dips now would they.

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    But dips are much more difficult than pushups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJP
    But dips are much more difficult than pushups.
    I agree, but I compared them because they are both very basic high rep movements. I still do pushups on a daily basis between sets of whatever because it's still a total upper body movement and it keeps me lose. No one can argue against a good old fashioned pushup IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJP
    You feel the pushups more because you can probably do more, for example I'm assuming you can do 25 or 30 easy. But put a weight that you can do 25-30 easy on a bench and you'll feel that same burn also because your body switches to endurance mode.

    Now put weight on your back that you can only do 5 good pushups, and compare it to a 5rm max on the bench and it's comparable.

    Also, pushups are almost always done with body weight obviously. I think if you warm-up well enough on the bench, you'll feel it and get that burn like you do with pushups.
    correct. I think pushups are more for endurance building and bench for size

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    Pushups I'd say are a little more adaptable. You can spread your arms out and work a different part of your shoulders and your pecs, or you can center them and work a different part of your shoulders and focus on the triceps. But I mostly like bench because you can really build up weight doing that.

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    usually when you look at someone and they look jacked they can do a lot of push ups but when you look at someone you have no clue how much they bench. I think push ups perk your pecs out a lot more imo but that's just what i noticed on myself. I can bench press 260 pounds but i didn't get that great definition until i started back on push ups.

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    Pushups are good for stabilizing your chest and increasing strength. IF you want to add more strength then endurance then do pushups real slow. Lower and higher your self slowly and you will feel the burn!

    I heard that pushups is like benching half your bodyweight, but I can't confirm that.

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