What does the bench press buy me? I'm new to resistance training. I've read the stickies, searched the forums, and asked lots of questions. For the last six weeks, i've emphasized core stuff, compound motions, with free weights (not isolation or machines), in a rep range for strength (3 x 7, 3 x 8, 4 x 6, 5 x 5). I squat (a2g, overhead, box, dumbell, barbell), lunge, step up, Turkish get-up, twist, crunch with weights, dip, chin, row, and overhead or Cuban press. I've tried several others, and occasionally throw them in the mix, but the one exercize I just can't seem to 'get into' is the bench press. I'm a 40-something-year old female, trying to improve my core strength, build bone density, and support my MA practice (TKD and sword). Am I missing something major by not doing the bench presses?