Substituting the Bench Press
I've recently started the Strong Lifts 5x5 program after some time off from lifting weights.
My problem is this: my pecs naturally stick out from my chest (due to my natural masculature) more than majority of people and they respond (grow) the most compared to my other muscles to weight training.
Plain and simply; they just look f**kin stupid! too big for my current body!
So I'm wondering what I can swap the Bench Press (my chest workout exercise) with until I get the rest of my body aligned with their size?
The bench obviously hits more than just the chest muscles... it also hits shoulders and triceps too.
Here is the Strong Lifts workout plan if you don't know it:
Bench Press 5x5
Barbell Rows 5x5
Overheard Press 5x5
just drop it surely?
If you don't want to work a certain part of your body, just don't
Originally Posted by Greenbeast
I am just dropping it.
Maybe I didnt communicate clear enough..
my question is: what should I replace the bench press with?
Obviously NOT a exercise that will work my chest! That's obvious. But I'm not sure what I could replace it with! Thats my question
why do you need to replace it?
sorry if i'm missing something
I guess it would depend on what you wanted to target in place of chest, you could always do cleans or pull ups
I vote for weighted chin-ups
how about pushups? isn't that the obvious answer? in all honestly, i'd just bench. the overall strength benefits are just too beneficial to not do it. core, shoulders, triceps, chest, lats, traps, rhomboids all get hit. just do the bench press. unless you plan on cramming countless surplus calories down your throat, you're not going to grow all that much anyway.
Just use lower weight for a couple of months.
Close grip bench press, to target the triceps more, perhaps.
Weighted dips.....you will still hit your pecs, but less so.