Today at the gym I decided I didn't feel like doing barbell benches, since 1) a bunch of dopey high school punks were hogging the benches and 2)I hate the bench press, so I found myself wandering over to the dip bar. Knocked out 4x8 using a good forward lean to hit the chest, triceps and delts, and it literally kicked the wind out of me. Also 'felt' it more in those particular muscle groups.
As such, since my upper body has been lagging lately, I've decided to subsitute dips for barbell benches on my A day (squats, power cleans, curls), and start adding weight using a weighted dip belt. On my B day (deads, BO rows, OH presses, waist work) I'll add in some dumbbell benches for 4x8 for a boost, and just give up standard barbell benches for awhile.
I'm planning on going for 6 months on this, and then give barbell benches a try and see if I've improved. Comments, suggestions?