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At a gym, yes. At home, which is where he is training, you need spotters for the bench press, don't you? You can drop the barbell on your neck if it's too heavy for you. Floor press is alright though because the floor can stop the weight from choking you.Stewie,
You've been given a lot of recommendations. All of it is great and could help you. But it could be overwhelming what to choose. I would do what he said, for at least 6 months.
Get Strong! The muscle will come. Kbells work. Body weight excersises work. But it is hard to beat the barbell for absolute strength and muscle gains. Do the 5x5 program or something similar. This includes the Reload book. Or just search the Articles on the main site, there are about 7 years worth of free programs. Iterations of the 5x5 program are in there.
For squats, they're alright for a bit, but don't you need a special cage to squat heavy?
I agree, if it is done at a gym.
The deadlift can be done at home as well as a military-type press.
I'm just asking because these were my assumptions and a reason I never did barbell squats or bench presses at home.