Context: for my workouts I can only consider free weights and bodyweight exercises (home gym with power rack). In my chest workout I currently perform:
- bench press (barbell)
- flys (dumbbell)
- hip press (dumbbell)
However, I'd like to replace this exercise with a barbell exercise (for supersetting reasons, having only one set of dumbbells).
My first solution was to do the same movement but replacing the dumbbells with the barbell.
Question: can such a hip press with a barbell be considered useful and safe (because, as far as I know, this exercise doesn't seem very common)?
I have tried it once for 3 sets of 12, and it does seem to activate the chest muscles in a focused manner. I was lying on the floor (as Scooby suggests) to prevent an overly extended range of motion. Furthermore I have used an underhand grip, this may not sound intuitive, but with a straight barbell this keeps the elbows automatically tucked in.