Dips - Triceps Variaton


Level:

Intermediate

Type:

Muscle mass

Strength

Main Muscle:

Triceps

Secondary Muscle:

Chest

Shoulders

Equipment:

Parallel Bars

Instructions:

1) Find the parallel dip bars. If the width of the bars is adjustable make sure that they are at shoulder width.


Grab the bars and lift yourself in the air. Keep your feet together and contract your glutes and abs to stabilize your body.


This is your starting position.


2) The goal of this exercise is to remove the stress from the chest and focus more on the triceps.


When you are lowering yourself keep your head and chest up and keep your elbows close to your body. Overall, your goal is to keep your torso upright.


Looking straight forwards, instead of down, helps retain your upright position.


Slowly lower yourself to where your elbows are at about 90°. If you go a bit further than that, that's fine. But the lower you go, the more you target your chest and not your triceps.


3) Push yourself back up to your starting position. When at the top do not fully extend your elbows and keep a slight bend.


If you lock your elbows you remove the tension from the muscle and place it on the elbow joint.


Tips:

If you are incapable of doing dips here is what you do:
- You get in the starting position.
- Slowly lower yourself to the point where your elbows are at about 90° (as slow and controlled as possible.
- Step down from the bars, without pushing yourself back, and start again from the beginning. If there are supportive steps (most of parallel bars do have those) you can use them to get back to your starting position.

These negative sets will allow you to build up the strength in your triceps, chest and shoulder that will allow you to do dips freely.