Assuming your diet is in check… If you’ve been going heavy and hard with the barbell bench for several weeks and decide to replace it with weighted dips for a workout or two, once you return to the bench I believe you’d notice a slight increase in strength. This would come from the wonders of a deload. This could be a good thing.
If you wanted to replace the bench completely with the weighted dips, don’t expect any gains on the bench press. In my opinion, the best way to utilize your new belt is to supplement your big lifts. There’s no reason that you can’t do both in the same workout. I do it all the time, and when I began adding weighted dips, I was able to break through bench plateaus. Good luck
That is kind of what I was looking at doing, deloading that is, I usually do barbell flat bench all the time I think giving it a rest for a week would be a good thing. Like others were saying, I think I might give DBs a try for 4-6 weeks then go back to barbell. I will just do dips when I bench. thanks for all the opinions.[/quote]
Austin had a good point about the shoulders too