Dips are a movement that are not talked about nearly enough and can be a great addition to your arsenal of movements. The main issue that comes with doing dips is the risk of getting shoulder pain, sternum pain or even not feeling like you got anything from the movement. If this movement feels unnatural or if it hurts when you perform the exercise we suggest that you just don't do it. However, if this is an exercise you have already been doing, works for you and want to keep killing it, then we want to show you how to improve them and make them more effective.
What Dips Focus On
Dips are an awesome movement that primarily focus on three areas. With triceps probably being the most dominant but also heavily hitting your pecs and delts.
- Front Delts
Do Not Lead With Your Shoulders
One of the most common mistakes that we see are people leading the exercise with their shoulders. We do not want this happening! This can lead to shoulder impingement which can lead to pain and possible long term issues.
Retract Your Scapula
What we want you to be doing is, start from the top and retract your scapula upwards and perform what we can best describe as a reverse shrug. This will help out anyone with a sticky or low RoM scapula establish a good connection with the shoulder and help with injury prevention. We want to stay out of our own way and reduce the chance for shoulder impingement.
How Low Is Too Low?
How low do we want to go? As a general rule of thumb we do not want the elbows to go above the shoulder. That being said everyone's range of motion is going to differ.
Dips can be an awesome addition to any program and can be a safe, effective and sustainable exercise.
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