Proper form for dips?

Discussion in 'Fitness & Nutrition' started by DAN513, Jan 23, 2007.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. DAN513

    DAN513 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2003
    Messages:
    10,090
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    204
    I'm not sure if I'm doing something wrong, but I thought it was just as easy as get on the bars and slowly lower yourself so your arms are at about a 90 degree angle, then back up. I did that last night, and for my last rep, it felt like my chest was going to split apart at the sternum. Does that feeling go away after a while? Or am I doing something wrong?
     
  2. TZ

    TZ Banned

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2006
    Messages:
    39,483
    Likes Received:
    1
    i got that too when i first started working out, it went away after i kept working out for a few weeks.
     
  3. michael

    michael FLORIDA > *

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2001
    Messages:
    82,010
    Likes Received:
    469
    Location:
    paradise
    just takes time to build up enough strength on your tri's before your chest takes over.. it was your arms starting to give out and your chest compensating for it
     
  4. ccrooks

    ccrooks New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 26, 2003
    Messages:
    60,221
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    south bay, southern cali
    :werd: probably just your body getting used to the new movement

    sounds like you're doing everything right... are your knees bent w/ your ankles crossed? or are they straight down beneath you?
     
  5. HorseDick

    HorseDick Active Member

    Joined:
    Oct 1, 2005
    Messages:
    4,586
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    FL
    If you continue to experience pain, I'd do assisted dips for a bit if possible, then work your way into bodyweight, or even weighted dips as your body adapts. :)
     
  6. DAN513

    DAN513 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2003
    Messages:
    10,090
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    204

    at 6 foot 5, if I don't bend my knees, I'm standing at the bottom of the movement, which is the same reason I do my pull and chin ups in the squat rack, I then have about 3 inches between my feet and the ground at full extension.
     
  7. Formz

    Formz Hipster Santa OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2003
    Messages:
    142,745
    Likes Received:
    674
    Location:
    South Brooklyn
    Yea dips hit your chest too, so you're probably just feeling it work that part.
     
  8. benny196

    benny196 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 26, 2006
    Messages:
    1,662
    Likes Received:
    0
    If you lean forward, it works more chest, and I get a sweet shooting pain in the middle... If you stick with it for a while that pain won't be that bad.
     
  9. DAN513

    DAN513 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2003
    Messages:
    10,090
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    204
    Thanks for the info guys. I'm looking to stick with it, and just wanted to make sure I'm doing them right.
     
  10. wtf

    wtf New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2004
    Messages:
    793
    Likes Received:
    0
  11. Formz

    Formz Hipster Santa OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2003
    Messages:
    142,745
    Likes Received:
    674
    Location:
    South Brooklyn
    That's not a good example because it's a level dip. The angle that your body is at compared to the level/bar/whatever is constantly changing.
     
  12. entropy138

    entropy138 OT Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2004
    Messages:
    2,445
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    NW Washington
    Yea I had the same problem for the first few weeks that I started doing them. It goes away eventually...
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page