Originally Posted by Steven Low
Contrary to Dave:
Speaking as a gymnast who has never done a bench ever, I can tell you that dips and overhead pressing (usually HSPUs) can build a high degree of strength and muscle mass. I've heard somewhere that dips are the squat of the upper body, and I tend to believe that notion.
there you go Brandon, different perspectives. if you have means to progressively overload dips and HSPU then by all means give it a try instead of bench if that floats your boat. The only downside is that it might not work as well as as Rip rx'ed it in the program. hell, dips might even work better for you. I dislike dips and use bench very sparingly to assist overhead preses. I avoid it specifically for its propensity to build mass..I have no need for big man boobs.
So, use whichever you like but keep to the guidelines of the program, 3-5 sets ending at a set 5 fairly heavy..try it for a while and see if it works for you. post a log, get back to us.