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Better Piece of Equipment Long Term?


#1

Hey guys, I’ve been doing the 531 beginner template and loving it! The extra volume is really helping with my strength gains. I’ve been doing a variety of assistance exercises like chin ups, DB rows, DB bench, farmer’s walks, etc. But I would like to also do both dips and back raises as well. The thing is, i only have the budget and space for either a Roman chair or a dip station. I just wanted to get some opinions on what the more beneficial exercise is long term? If you could only choose between one, which would you go with? Thanks!


#2

Roman chair. You can do a whole bunch of push-ups, floor presses, skull crushers etc to hit your triceps and chest and drive your OHP and bench instead of dips. Back raises are harder to replace.


#3

Thanks for your input! Good point, didn’t think of it like that. I should
mention that I also recently started doing skull crushers with the EZ Curl
bar, which is a great exercise.