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What is the Single Best Upper Body Exercise?

Discussion in 'Health & Body' started by furo, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. furo

    furo Well-Known Member

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    the interesting thing about pushups that I've noticed is that doing pushups will generally increase the weight you can push on a flat bench, but the reverse, i.e. doing nothing but flat bench workouts will do little for your ability to do many pushups in a single set.

    i guess it has something to do with building burst strength vs muscular endurance
     
  2. cunning47

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    Bicep curls.
    Shrugs brah
     
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    Deadlifts, weighted pull ups.
     
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    Are you all just trying to be contrary by ignoring the bench press?
     
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    Forearm Wrist Curls
     
  6. D Yizz

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    Are you all just trying to be contrary by ignoring the bench press?

    Bench press is a great exercise, but it's not a compound exercise like deadlifts. DL's work most of the upper body muscles including back, as well as your quads and hams.
     
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    the interesting thing about pushups that I've noticed is that doing pushups will generally increase the weight you can push on a flat bench, but the reverse, i.e. doing nothing but flat bench workouts will do little for your ability to do many pushups in a single set.

    i guess it has something to do with building burst strength vs muscular endurance


    Also, pushups require a lot of core strength that you can bench pretty well without.
     
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    clean & jerk.
     
  9. willpower

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    Pushups - you can do them anywhere and there are dozens of variations to make them harder/easier.
     
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    Bench press is a great exercise, but it's not a compound exercise like deadlifts. DL's work most of the upper body muscles including back, as well as your quads and hams.

    How is bench press not a compound exercise?
     
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    This threak belongs in dumb thread.
     
  12. menaceko

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    squats are the best upper body exercise.

    on a more serious note, either weighted pull ups/dips or the barbell press. all are extremely effective compound movements.
     
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    Pushups - you can do them anywhere and there are dozens of variations to make them harder/easier.

    This.
     
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    Pull Ups and Chin Ups Combined. Bench Press. Row. Dips. Those are upper body essentials. Vary grip and types of bench and row for more diversity. Add weight for dips and pullups.
     
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    I'm a fan of burpee pullups. It's a compound thing but is a real butt kicker.
     
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    Actually I'm torn between heavy push presses (which I seldom do) and side presses (which I will attempt soon).

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    Socks and sandles! Gaaaaaaaaaaaahh
     
  17. jungshoe

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    weighted dips

    +1
     
  18. GraphicNovelty

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    Why is the clean an press not on this?
     
  19. tesseract

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    Why is the clean an press not on this?
    I'd say clean and press is a full body exercise but a push press would be number one for me. Push press forces your abs and spinal erectors to contract, lats, rhomboids and traps all work to support your shoulder girdle as your delts and triceps push up. the added leg drive really makes this an effective exercise.
     
  20. menaceko

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    I'd say clean and press is a full body exercise but a push press would be number one for me. Push press forces your abs and spinal erectors to contract, lats, rhomboids and traps all work to support your shoulder girdle as your delts and triceps push up. the added leg drive really makes this an effective exercise.

    not to mention it's one of the best exercises for determining strength. I've noticed someone who can push press a lot can put up a lot of weight on other lifts like bench, power clean, etc..
     

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