I had an interesting conversation with a gym member today.
I saw him doing doubles of 315 for strict overhead pressing and sparked a conversation with him.
He told me for the past 12 years his pressing has only consisted of: strict press, push press, behind the neck press, power jerks, dips (bw and weighted), push ups (bw and weighted), DB single hand overhead press/push press and hand stand push ups.
Told me that the bench press to him is the most overrated and overused movement of all time. He doesn’t believe it’s a core movement. He said to me that he’s really never had a shoulder injury or issue minus the typical aches of paining of a decade of heavy lifting. His philosophy was that if you are very strong overhead you are going to be strong everywhere.
This got me thinking, if someone can get so strong without a bench press, why is it in a ton of programs? Why do people love it?
I understand it for power-lifting, but for anyone else is it even necessary? I mean from flat bench, incline bench, db bench, etc.
What’s your guys opinion?
*On a side note - Someone pressing 315 is probably in the top 3 most impressive lifting I’ve ever seen in person. Dude’s shoulders and upper back were ridiculously jacked.