1. Less ego, more honesty
The vicious looks directed towards a poverty bench can crush the fragile soul of almost any natural. The insecurity runs so deep that even men who have built tremendous bench presses still carry traces of previous trauma within the deepest layers of their being and continue to witness vivid images from the times when they were barely benching a plate. What a nightmare!!!
The modern councilor called the Internet does not help. It has its own army of extraterrestrial mutants who have been monsters on the bench for a long time. Also, don’t forget that everybody on the Internet has a mythical uncle who is extremely thick and capable of benching 300lbs and deadlifting 500lbs without knowing the difference between a barbell and a sandwich.
The factors above have collectively destroyed many egos fighting for greatness in the gym. The embarrassment is so strong that most people choose to put their shoulders and even lives on the line in order to push heavier barbells above their faces. You see it every time – uneven extension, protracting scapula, bouncing off the chest, excessive arching, inflamed and torn rotator cuffs..etc. The image is sad and even grotesque.
The drama never stops. Every year the idiot kid trying to become Arnold is replaced by another one. And since this world never runs out of idiots, the cycle continues until the end of times. Nothing will ever change. The bench press will continue to produce those feelings and social repercussions.
The push-up can fix this problem to an extent. Push-up rivalry exists, but since there is no barbell comparison, the effect is smaller.
The collective awareness is on the push-up side too. Most non-playable characters don’t really know how a proper bench press looks like. Only the enlightened ones can see the details. Yet people would call you out when you start pumping banana push-ups.
2. Healthier for your shoulders
Unless you go full retard, you will not hurt your shoulders benching. But let’s face it – we all go full retard sooner or later.
The bench has destroyed many rotator cuffs property of imbeciles trying to become human forklifts. The primary demons are the heavy weights, improper technique, poor programming and the very nature of the lift – a proper bench press does not allow the scapula to move. This causes shoulder impingement and other nasty processes in the area.
The push-up wins again because it allows the scapula to move freely and strengthens the serratus anterior muscle.
3. Easier set-up
Bench pressing is not complicated once you get the basics down. Sure, there are scholars like Dave Tate who will leave you with the impression that you have a better chance to fly in space than to perform a proper bench press, but in reality, it’s not that hard. Still, the bench press is high tech compared to the push-up which almost anyone can learn in a few minutes.
If you don’t want to enter the realm of powerlifting voodoo, the push-up is a simpler, safer and a quick-to-learn alternative.
4. Solid gains with minimal equipment
Complexity creates a feeling of superiority and effectiveness within the natty soul. When we arm ourselves with scientific data and tech, we start to think that we are doing something.
An over-engineered routine can easily capture a bleeding heart in need of thick muscle fibers. Complex equations convince the kids that they are about to experience titan growth.
That’s not true. You don’t need the latest powerlifting routine and a bench to get them natty chest gains. Push-ups, elevated push-ups and push-up on rings done a few times a week with some idea of progression can stimulate growth in the same areas that the bench works.
What do you think will happen to the chest of a beginner who goes from 10 regular push-ups to 20 push-ups on rings? It will get stronger and bigger (within the natty limits of course).
Moreover, push-ups make it fairly easy to maintain your muscularity. You don’t have to chain yourself to a gym. You can just get creative and do more reps than usual.
5. Push-ups do not encourage bulking.
The heavier you are, the more you bench. That’s a fact of life. This lift hates skinny dudes. Nothing wrong with that except when natties get the wrong idea and start eating one cake a day as advised by some mental experts who secretly take steroids in-between writing articles for the natty-for-life column.
Even if the weight added to your frame is primarily lard, it’s still going to help with benching. This can result in troubling imagery – naturals who are 20% body fat and yet still bulking to make mom Bench happy. I am almost sorry to inform you, but bulking is a major waste of time if you are natural who does not envision a career in sumo.
The push-up works on the opposite principle – it hates fat dudes. This eliminates the incentive to gain weight for the sake of it and keeps you leaner. A leaner natural is a happier natural.
6. You don’t have to wait for the chemists to finish their sets.
Few things in life are more annoying and dehumanizing than benching after one of the chemists who occupy the bench for hours and never unload the barbell. As a bonus, you get to see the impression of their Humpty Dumpty head and diabetic neck on the bench.
As a natty bro, you are more likely to be on the receiving end of this freak show. Respect in the gym is earned with size. The chemists always win in that regard. Regardless of how polite bodybuilders are on camera – they will always see naturals as insects.
7. Push-ups are less likely to cause depression.
Inability to satisfy the bench press expectations of the world can result in painful depression. People want to bench press X number before Christmas or their birthday in order to feel like something is actually happening in their life. When this does not happen, the ego and the reality of the lifter are crushed and require a long time to recover.
Since the push-up is a lot less competitive, it rarely results in the same type of pain. Nonetheless, that quickly changes when the natty tries to become a bodyweight lord doing planches and front levers. Luckily for you, I am here to tell you that planches and front levers are largely inferior to exercises such as push-ups, dips and pull-ups when the goal is to stimulate growth and build basic strength.
8. Less Paralysis by Analysis
The fake natties of this world really love their programming. They can spend days talking about tips and tweaks meant to produce unheard of gains, but if we have to be honest with ourselves most of it is pure overthinking. If you want to be a Sheiko bot be my guest. But don’t be surprised if one day you wake and had a crazy realization – the formulas don’t work for one simple reason – you are natty.