Originally Posted by Paul LaDuke
Really? I write 53 words and you can come to the conclusion that I don't know how to bench press? HMMM. What else can't I do? I am learning a lot from your vast wisdom.
I'd suggest that he's about right. if you've seen it done properly, you'd understand. despite the fact I hate the bench, when done heavy it really is a full body lift. when you pair it with heavy overhead pressing it is untouched in it's abilty to build upper body strength including wrist, forearm and upper back. benching 100k is may be NBD for you, but once you can lock out 150-200k you'll have no questions about the superiority of the bench.
and this is from an avowed hater of the bench, the incline and all versions of seated pressing. in summary, i find them awful, but very very effective. they just work. the "functional diatribe is a waste of brain cells but if you want to talk carryover
between one kind of lift to another, i've never seen a big bencher who wasn't also pretty decent at lifting atlas stones, pressing logs and rope pulling.
pushups with chains on your back or ring pushups are cool too, but not the same.