Lifts train movements and exercises train muscles. A Military Press is an excellent shoulder exercise. You are very strict and the shoulders are doing the vast majority of the work. A Press uses the whole body to move the weight effectively. It requires precise balance, timing and movement to maximize the movement. They are both strict presses by the definition of locked knees, but very different in execution. A Press is the best shoulder girdle Lift according to Bill Star. The reason why he used Bench as his upper body lift when selling his 5 x 5’s was because the Press had a bad rap at that time, and still does to the general population. Like the myth that the Squat is bad for you knees, when it’s actually the best lift for your knees. Press like a Bench is a whole body lift. Some say I don’t use too much arch or leg drive, but you are missing out on a lot of the benifits of the movement. The Floor Press or Leg Up Bench are valuable exercises, but train muscles like a Military Press. They both have their place. Lifts and assistance exercises are part of a strength program. I like to use the Press as my main lift and use MP for my back off and assistance work. This is not a Deadlift post, but I figured stirring the pot on the beloved Military Press may excite some people.