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Old 02-24-2011, 12:23 PM   #11
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Seems like Bench is a staple!

Any particular reason in focusing on one over the other (beyond chest emphasis)?
I'm for equal focus, which rarely occurs. Most times guys do 9-12 sets of compounds for chest and 3-4 for shoulders. I don't particularly like that imbalance. Usually training imbalances lead to issues like tendinitis, injuries or whatever, so I inherently steer clear of them.

I will say that the stronger my OHP gets, the stronger my bench gets. I've noticed a direct correlation. I can't say this is necessarily shoulder driven...may be from improved tricep strength.
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:26 PM   #12
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Bench is more a "must do" for me, but I really like OHP because it (was) my signature lift.

Not to sound like a chest-beater, but I do love to OHP other people's bench maxes. It excites me.
Agreed abut the maxes. Or clean and pressing bicep-joe's deadlift max LOL
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Old 02-24-2011, 12:28 PM   #13
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Im giving preference to OHP at the minute, cos I honestly believe big shoulders, small chest looks better than small shoulders, big chest.

Obviously both shold be worked equally, but if i had to pick just one....

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I'm all for working shoulders first, and having solid strong delts.
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I've had periods where I focused solely on Benching and times when all I did was OHP. At one point I had completely stopped Benching and did only CGBP and OHP for my pressing work.

As it stands now, my Bench can still use some improvement; but since I've started Benching more often I've found my sets to feel a lot stronger. I'm not sure if that's a result of getting stronger shoulders (PP went from 135 to 170), but I'm starting to like Benching more than I used to.

Edit: Push-Presses are still my pet lift though.
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Seems like Bench is a staple!

Any particular reason in focusing on one over the other (beyond chest emphasis)?
Bench.

Why? I'm a powerlifter, OHP is an accessory lift, bench press is a competition lift.
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From a fighter point of view bench is worthless ( Except the CGBP, That is lord baby jesus)..OH press is a must..bench has its place but not as much as say OH BB Press, OH DB Press, DB Snatch, BB Snatch or The much loved Clean and Press, BTNpush Press. But for chest I get more out of Chest Dips, Oly Swing Dips and such..

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This conversation might have stalled, being three days old, but I feel that bench pressing is over-rated. OH pressing is harder and I think more indicative of overall pressing strength.

I've seen brute benchers who are not really all that strong outside of benching, but I've never seen a strong OH presser who wasn't pretty damn strong overall at any lift.

How that affects other sports like powerlifting or MMA, I have no idea, but to say one is better than the other, I think is down to preference.


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I consider them both staples in my routine, but if I had to chose one, it would be bench.

Two Reasons:

1. I feel like I hit my shoulders on alot of the compound moves I do. Snatch, Clean and Press, Bench Press, ... I dont feel the same way about my chest.

2. This is personal. My upper body is dominated by my shoulders right now. I think it has to with 5 years picking watermellons. I need to do a lot of chest and arm work to get them caught up and look balanced.
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