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.
I think it was Mke Mentzer of HIT fame that coined that phrase,I could be wrong but Im sure it was either him or Authur Jones. As for replacing Bench with dips Id never do it but I tend to feel a sharp pain in my delts when I do dips, you can use more weight on Benches too.