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So we meet again.., muahahaha! I know some of you thought you rid of me, but I thought I would make your lives hell again and come back to write another post. I have had people ask me when am I going to create more content that "tell a story", "talk about debatable topics", and bring back my topics that have more of my opinions.. and thoughts - this is my answer, no worries, I will do that because I have a list of 75 topics that I have written down of new content, so I have plenty to talk about. I always add more to my list when ideas strike me, or if people request something from me to discuss, so please ALWAYS feel welcome to request certain topics from me as long as they stay within the fitness/health boundaries. I don't mind discussing pop culture around fitness/health, sports, music when working out (my playlist), discussing mental health topics, injuries, occupations dealing with fitness/health, college courses with my degree, etc. It doesn't matter to me as long as it makes sense to talk about basically - this goes for my YouTube channel as well, please feel request exercises you want me to demonstrate, topics to discuss, motivational things, etc around fitness/health. 

I decided after seeing my blogger friend Chape's blog post today about triceps dips, that I would snatch his idea and make it my own, jk. I decided to do this post because in his video he showed his audience the "at home" version of the triceps dip and I wanted to show everyone the gym one (although this one can be done at home if you have the machine) and his can be done at the gym. The one I am going to discuss is the one I do (above picture). 

How to do Standing Dips:

  1. Hold your body at arm's length, with your arms nearly locked above the bars
  2. Inhale and slowly lower yourself downward. Torso remains upright and elbows should remain close to your body. You will lower yourself until there is a 90 degree angle between the upper arm and forearm
  3. Exhale and push your torso back up using your triceps to bring your body back to the starting position
  4. Repeat the movement for the recommended amount of repetitions.
Which muscles does this exercise target?
  • Triceps
  • Chest 
  • Shoulders
Would I recommend this exercise to beginners?
  • Yes, as long as they have no prior injuries and conditions that would otherwise hinder them during this exercise
  • Always ask your Doctor before performing if you have an injury or prior injury that involves the above muscles
How many Reps can I do before stopping?
  • My highest at the moment is 8 reps. Although it used to be 3-5, so I am proud of myself.
Can this exercise be modified?
  • Yes, of course. I would recommend the bench dip (check out https://chapeblog.com/2016/11/15/triceps-dips/) for that demonstration if you don't think you are yet ready for the standing dip, although there are many different dip variations.
  • The bench dip can be harder if you use weights on your thighs, it is closer to the ground and in my opinion, I find it to be easier - although it still hurts the same. LOL 
  • I would even go as far to say that if the BENCH DIP is still too hard, then proceed to the floor dip - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRVpZZT81KM especially if you are someone who is significantly overweight and cannot yet do a full range standing dip or bench dip or someone who may not yet be strong enough.. definitely a great one to do! 
Dip Variations:
  • Floor dip
  • bench dip
  • standing dip
  • banded assisted dips
  • Jumping dips with negatives
  • Assisted dip machine
  • Weighted dips
  • banded resisted dips
  • Weighted bench dips
  • Dip to leg raise
  • Side to side dips
  • Ring dips (many CrossFitters do these) - where my CrossFit friends at?! :) 
  • Korean dips
  • Bulgarian dips
  • Pronated grip dips
  • Supinated grip dips
  • Gironda Dips
  • Reverse Gironda Dips
  • Elbow dips
  • Planche dips
  • One arm dips
Most, if not all can be researched on YouTube for direction and technique. I would say I have only done about 2 kinds of dips and didn't realize how many variations there were, but something to look into if I want to add some spice to my workout. I will warn you by saying, some of these are very advanced dips, so don't be discouraged if you cannot do them all, just one is honestly good enough, you don't need to be dip king/queen - but I say why not try them all if you want to and add some variation if you get bored. I am all of variety. Please feel free to share, comment, like, and follow. I would love to hear from all of you if you have questions or want to share how many dips you can do without stopping, what dip variations do you like most & least, which variations do you know how to do, which dip variation would you be interested in trying and do you like doing dips? Thanks for reading!
 
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Your Fitness blogger,
Shay-lon xxx

Published by Shay-Lon Moss