If you are looking for an exercise that will tone your chest, shoulders and triceps while making you stronger, then this is the exercise for you!
One of the king upper body exercises are dips.
I was amazed at all the benefits that I got once I started doing dips in my exercise routine.
They can be a little difficult to get used to at the start, but with a little bit of practice, you’ll catch on really quick.
Here is how you do dips:
To start, keep yourself raised up above 2 supporting surfaces with your elbows locked.
As you begin, keep your hands about shoulder width apart. You can have your hands further apart, but it will make the exercise more difficult.
Now, lower your body until your elbows and arms are at a 90 degree angle and then push yourself back up to the starting position.
Do about 3 sets of 10 reps if you can.
You can do this exercise using the back of 2 chairs pulled together, using parallel dip bars at a gym, or by using a bench.
There are many different ways to do this exercise, however the most important thing to remember is that you should work towards being able to do dips properly.
Do the exercise slowly and don’t bounce at the bottom of the movement.
Also, if you can’t do 1 full rep, do partial movements (where you don’t go all the way down to the bottom of the position) and gradually work up to being able to do full reps.
Or, if you do dips using a bench rather than on bars, you can gradually work up to doing the exercise on the dip bars without having your body supported.
But whatever you do – don’t use dip machines. Yes, it will be easier to do the movement, but you won’t get the same benefits as doing the exercise with your body weight.
One other tip – don’t go much below 90 degrees in the movement. If you do, you can put yourself in a vulnerable position where the chances of getting hurt are much higher.
But don’t let that discourage you!
Once you get used to doing this exercise, it will really tone your upper body and you’ll look fantastic!