Push ups are just as good as a bench press, according to science | T3


With everyone locked out of the gyms due to the ongoing global health crisis, many fitness fans are bemoaning their lack of access to the weights room. With no squat racks or bench press to speak of, most people are turning to push ups and other bodyweight exercises to continue training their muscles.

While pull-up bars and resistance bands are becoming invaluable training aids, science claims you can actually replace one key piece of gym equipment with a simple body weight exercise. 

A study published in the journal Sports Medicine International Open measured the muscle activation of eight upper body muscles when performing bench press and push up moves. 

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The study measured bench press exercises and push ups, using weighted vests to simulate the effects of a heavier load on the push ups. The results speak for themselves: the study demonstrated no differences in muscle activation between the two exercises.