Chest dips, elbows in or out?

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  1. prech

    prech New Member

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    So much conflicting info out there. When I first learned them, it was always elbows tucked in, straight up and down for tricep dips, elbows flared out, body leaning forward for chest dips, but I was reading some posts at bodybuilding.com and they advocate elbows always in to alleviate stress on the shoulder/rotator cuff

    Google supports both theories
     
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    whatever is most comfortable
     
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    blinger squats look pretty comfortable, doesn't mean they're close to being right :rofl:

    what happened to form > *
     
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    I just adjust myself either forward to work the chest more, or straight up and down to work the triceps. Both variations use elbows in...
     
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    I guess it all depends on your definition of comfort. :ugh:

    I always do elbows in. I've just never tried elbows out, its not like elbows in is uncomfortable.
     
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    Does anyone else get an aching pain through their elbow while doing dips?
     
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    actually that's the reason I started this thread... I was doing a HST-like routine 3x a week, so the benching/rowing/dipping/chinning really worked my elbow joint. I've been experiencing elbow aches a few hours after workouts so have been resting the past few weeks, but am trying to correct any form issues that may be causing potential tendonitis

    One thing to avoid with dips and benching, any upper body pushing exercise really, is the straightening of the arms at the top of the lift/locking out the elbows, as this may cause overextension of the joint, plus it keeps more tension on the muscles worked.
     
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