Originally Posted by Grayland
I agree with you about upright rows. They always hurt my shoulders. Weighted dips, regular dips, rings dip, don't hurt me at all.
Why, I always appreciate your insight. You seem to have some knowledge in the area. Unfortunately, you lay down the law as though it's the definitive answer. If you have the perfect program, let us know. I'll try it out.
I just critique stuff.
In regards to 'functionality' of dips vs. bench press, is there really an argument there? Bench press doesn't use bodyweight and is therefore easier to measure, it loads muscles pretty evenly compared to weighted dips, stresses joints less, and is much easier to account for anthropometric differences with. That's without mentioning using chains and bands and stuff with bench press is far, far easier, as well as the practicality of loading heavy with it (really, who wears 100+ pounds of weights to do 3 dips?).
The only issue of 'functionality' with weighted dips over bench press is that bodyweight is a factor...which, in the end, amounts to nothing since to the muscles it's just increased load. It kinda reminds me of the people you see at health food stores buying organic granola and are still fat because of it (but it's organic