Yep, I said it...
The two most popular forms of exercises are Pushups and Bench press.
All your friends must have bragged about the number of pushups and bench press they are capable of doing.
So, which is a better form of exercise ? The battle amidst Pushups vs Bench Press seems to have begun.
Bench Press and push ups do the same thing that is they aim at front shoulders, lats, chest and triceps.
The surprising thing, is that, the pushup could be in reality superior for full development than the the most popular weightlifting exercise: the bench press.
The bench press is the most happening exercise. Most fitness plans include it as part of their sports training, bodybuilding and powerlifting programs.
It is very useful for building muscular endurance and upper-body strength as well as size.
Usually, showing off , it is considered to be a sign of superiority.
Lot of individuals are attracted to bench press, and consider it to be the only workout method to attain a powerful body.
Nonetheless, there is another humble form of conventional exercise which cannot be underestimated.
Push ups are a traditional form of exercise which have been adopted since time immemorial. They are about how you can utilise the bodys weight, while bench press is about building absolute strength.
Push Ups are comparatively easier than Bench press for most people. They are also an accessible way to achieve your fitness goals.
Whereas in Bench Press, you must have assistance and also weights and a bench, especially if you are going for heavy lifting!
Furthermore, push ups focus on building the core strength of the body. It is a must to enhance the overall health and strength of the body. However, Bench press involves the arms and the torso , although your body is supported with the help of the bench.
The major issue with the bench press form of exercise is certainly , the bench!
The upper part of the body is anchored to the bench. Everything is done for you, and this is where it lacks behind the Push ups. Moreover, if you wish to attain topmost health,strength and development, the Push ups totally outweigh Bench Press.
Having said that, it is not an exercise meant for the lazy or laid back. It helps you in building an enormous chest. Moreover, you can increase the amount of weight to maximise the load on the muscle.
Nevertheless, increased amount of weights can have an adverse effect on the cartilages and can also stress your ligaments and tendons. Although , it is a speedy method of gaining strength and development , if that is your primary goal, then surely opt for bench press.
There is a lesser amount of risk of any kind of injury in push ups.
Additionally, you can do a pushup almost anywhere right from your home , office on the road, in the street, in a shop, you get the point.
There are numerous variations of the Push Up that will target different areas more than others. - I have a guide coming soon, for now check out youtube for ones such as: Wide-grip, Narrow-grip, One-Leg, Feet Elevated, Clap Push ups, maybe even One-Armed, and much more...
You can also combine it with any other workout routine at the gym/fitness centre.
While both form of workouts are good for varied goals and other reasons, the advantages of Push up certainly override the advantages of the bench press, they should be the foundation of any "Chest Day".
Push ups are far more beneficial to , work on multiple muscles, and can still give positive outcome without the possibility of injury.
Hope this helps,
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