QUESTION: John, Can you explain the different benefits of pushups vs. dips? Which one do you recommend?
This question comes up a lot: which exercise is better: pushups or dips? The exercises I’m asked about often vary, but the answer is almost always the same. It depends on who you are and what you’re training for, among other things.
So, it’s not a question of which exercise is better – period. It’s a question of which exercise is better for YOU and your unique training goals.
So, in this post, you’ll learn which exercise you should prioritize in your program.
Pushups VS Dips
Pushups and dips are both upper body pushing (i.e. pressing) exercises that emphasize the chest, shoulders, triceps, and core musculature in different ways and to varying degrees. Each exercise has a distinct set of pros and cons, and this video will walk you through them.
Note: this is a comparison between the pushup “family” of exercises (i.e. the full spectrum of pushup variations) and the parallel-bar dip “family” of exercises (i.e. not bench-supported dips).
Every year, zounds of people make heart-felt New Year’s resolutions to get in better shape. THIS IS THE YEAR, they say.
Unfortunately, most of them will have given up within weeks of starting, and it’s usually because they’re going about it all wrong – making the same mistakes over and over again before failing and finally giving up.
Of course, it’d be better if instead of following the masses who make and break New Year’s resolutions like clockwork each year, they studied what successful people do year-round, regardless of the season.
Now, most people know that finding a role model is one of the simplest, fastest, and most effective strategies to succeed in any endeavor, whether fitness or otherwise. Better yet, is when you glean wisdom from many role models, applying the patterns you notice among groups of successful people.
Success leaves clues. And successful people often follow very similar, even predictable, patterns on their way to their success. And in this post, I’m going to share some lessons I’ve learned about the people who succeed in fitness and athletics over the long term – who go on to achieve their goals, fulfill their purpose, and move on to even greater things.
So, let’s get to the lessons.
Below, you’ll find a collection of some of the top posts and videos from 2016 – just in case you missed them when they were first released or would like to re-read any of the ones you liked. So, grab yourself a tall glass of lemon water, a smoothie, or some green tea, and settle in for some good reading. Thanks for the support this year!
25 Exercises to Increase Squat Range of Motion
The Shoulder Bridge Plank for the Posterior Chain
This Self-Confidence Trick Changed My Life
Fix Your Duck Feet by Improving Hip Internal Rotation (Q+A)
Training Hips & Legs With Clubbells
Most Inspirational Stories (originally shared on Facebook):
- Ray Chavez – Still Pumping Iron at 104 Years Old
- Mila is 9 Years Old And Completed a 24-Hour Obstacle Course Designed by Navy SEALs
- Sister Madonna – The 86-Year Old “Iron Nun”
- Albert – 97 Years Young and Still Racing Weekly
- One of the Best Performances I’ve Ever Seen on the High Bar
- Jessie Makes American Ninja Warrior Look Easy
- Ring Muscle-Ups at 70 Years Old – Age is Just a Number
- Missing An Arm, But Not Missing a Squat PR
- Missing a Leg, But Not Letting It Stop Him
- 81-Year Old Woman Does 100 Pushups
- 76-Year Old Cancer Survivor Now The Oldest Ranked Crossfit Competitor
Finally, I just had to share this one here. Powerful. We need more men like this in the world.
This has been a busy year at Physical Living! On top of all the publishing here on the blog and on my Youtube channel, I started a new fitness newsletter for older men, took on some online coaching clients, and released a couple of new products, among other things.
Thank you so much for your support this past year! I’m thrilled every time one of you sends me an email or leaves me an encouraging comment telling me to “keep up the good work” or that something I shared was helpful for you. I really appreciate each and every one of you, and I hope I’m able to keep helping you with your health and fitness goals.
Soon, I’ll be off for a much-needed break with my family. And so, I wish you a very merry Christmas, a happy New Year, and a great start to 2017!
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Health-First Fitness Coach
Allow me to introduce you to Marcus Bondi, who is one of Australia’s top fitness coaches, a multiple Guinness World Records holder, and one of the world’s leading authorities on bodyweight training and calisthenics.
This guy is incredible. For starters, he’s in his fifties and can do things that would put most men half his age to shame. He has set world records in both rope climbing and weighted pull-ups. He can also crank out advanced calisthenics exercises such as the human flag, front lever, muscle ups, and one-arm pull-ups, among others (with ease). He’s also been sighted doing many calisthenics exercises using grown men and women for extra weight (more on that below).
Marcus can not only perform many superhuman feats of strength, which would be impressive at any age – let alone 50+ years – but he also has a knack for teaching others to do the same. Naturally, I wanted to pick his brain all about training, and he happily agreed.
So, I sent him a list of questions, and here’s what he sent back…
15 Things That Elite Athletes and Fitness Superstars Don’t Wait For
How do some people manage to get and stay in great shape, year round, with minimal effort, and still have a life?
One of the main reasons is because they stopped waiting to be ready. And if you want to achieve your ambitious fitness goals, you should stop waiting, too.
Stop waiting to be ready. Because if you can’t be ready now, you never will be.
Stop waiting for clarity. Get moving in the right direction and course-correct later.
Stop waiting until you feel like it. Your feelings shouldn’t be running the show.