Which Is Better: The Push-Up or the Bench Press?

If you're into strength training, then you've probably heard the discussion whether bodyweight training or weight training is the best form of exercise. While people debate whether one method is superior to the other, the wise and successful people utilize both bodyweight and weights to build a far stronger and better-balanced physique.

When pressed for time, people ponder whether they should lift weights or do bodyweight exercises. How do you know which is the most effective way to work out? In this article we will focus on two exercises, the push-up and bench press, which many think work the same muscles. So which should you do if you had to choose only one?

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First of all let's focus on the push-up. The standard push-up has been around for centuries, and has been used by many to get stronger and fitter. It's the most basic upper-body bodyweight exercise.

The benefits of push-ups are:

  • Builds upper-body strength
  • Builds a stronger core
  • Good carryover to athletic activities
  • Requires no additional cost
  • Can be done anywhere

But, there are also some limitations to consider with push-ups:

  • Once you can do 20 to 25 reps easily, the basic push-up doesn't build any further strength.
  • It can take a long time for the obese to do even one rep.
  • Can be stressful on the wrists for some individuals.

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