[quote]PB Andy wrote:
Heavy weight is heavy weight, so as long as there is a sufficient load for the weighted push-up, there is no problem and no reason why it can’t build strength/mass ( there is a limit though to how much you can load on your back, which is where heavy bench pressing comes in ). Bench pressing can also be an endurance lift if you do 20 reps of it. Lastly, I think people need to do more push-ups in general for shoulder health (assuming you are doing correct form) in lieu of bench pressing.
How to perform the push-up properly (from Hartman’s/Robertson’s “Push-ups, Face pulls, and Shrugs” article):
"To correctly perform a push-up, lay face down on the floor with your toes pointed, hands and elbows at a 90 degree angle to the shoulders, and stomach tight. Press up to the starting position, making sure to keep the stomach tight throughout, and then lower under control to a point where the chest touches the ground. As you’re lowering, tuck the elbows such that the angle between your upper arm and torso is approximately 45 degrees.
One aspect that we can’t emphasize enough is to use a full range of motion. Be sure to lower under control, and at the top think of pushing your body as far away from the floor as possible. This extra “push” at the end will emphasize proper serratus function."
Also: Don’t let your hips sag, and imagine pulling yourself to the floor when going down in the push-up.[/quote]
Thanks for the reply. Yeah, I use to use regular bench, had a cage. However, I moved and have not much room for a smith machine or the likes. So I am trying to come up with a way to have an alternative to BP, like the floor pres or weighted push up. I already will be doing dips. The weighted push ups would be with a weighted vest, up to 75 lbs( if I did those ). Then I figured if I out grew the vest, just throw a power block on my upper back. The vest is a short vest, it sits on your upper shoulders and covers ur chest, not your lowe back or abbs.
I know chest pressing looks good, but the limited range of motion…elbows hitting floor, didnt know which of the two are better.
Your right weight is weight. As long as you can eventually keep adding to the resistance, but didnt know which exercise is better for mass.