Dips are a very good chest exercise because it forces you to raise and lower your body weight rather than have your body supported while you move an object. That forces you to use more muscle than other exercises that don’t. It may be argued that dips are the very best upper body exercise there is because of the amount of muscle that it uses.
Dips are an advanced, intense exercise. In fact, the typical adult probably couldn’t perform one correct dip exercise. It would be good for everyone to be able to do them, though.
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The primary mover is the pectoralis major, the front deltoids and the triceps muscles.
- While positioned on dip bars, start in the up, extended position.
- Inhale as you slowly lower yourself to the lowest point that is still comfortable to your shoulders. (generally no lower than your upper arm being parallel to the floor.
- Exhale as you return to the starting position.
- Repeat until fatigued.
Check out the List of Exercises by Body Part.