Why you should dip

dips_down Many of you may know that I am a keen gym goer. I’ve seen a few guys in there doing dips in the past but hadn’t really tried them myself. I had a go at them last week and felt the burn the next day. After talking to the instructor there, it turns out that dips provide great upper body strength and also mass. This is mainly down to the unique movement that it requires. By including dips in your normal gym routine, will get the following advantages:

Its a CKC exercise. Being a Closed Kinetic Chain exercise (meaning that your body is moved while the hands and feet stay in the same position), it works your opposing muscles and their entire group when lifting and lowering the body.  Pull ups are also another great Closed Kinetic Chain exercise.

You can add as much weight as you like. Dips are challenging at first but they will soon become easy.  It is really simple to add weights to your dip so that you keep improving your strength and growth. This means that you will have unlimited potential in your dipping routing.  You can add weight to your routine with the use of a dipping belt.dips_up

Upper body gains. With the ability to continuously add weights to the your dips, you can continuously overload the muscles which are used.  If you are always overloading with a good weight gaining diet, your success if guaranteed (and you will be like me :-)).

Better than press ups. Press ups are a good body weight based exercise and is quite similar in terms of CKC to dips.  But you are limited to lift only your own body weight.  While it is possible to do weight press ups, dips are usually much more convenient.

Better lockouts.  A dip isn’t complete until you reach the lockout position.  Often, the final inches of the movement are the most difficult.  By doing dips, you significantly increase lockout strength which goes directly to assist the lockout of other exercises such as bench press or and overhead press.

So, there you have it.  I hope that I have successfully convinced you to add dips to your routine.

Until next time…..

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