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+ 6 Hands down one of my favorite exercises

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Love doing weighted dips. They are a staple of my warm up. I start with bodyweight 3-4 sets 25 reps, then 2-3 sets w/1x45 15-20 reps, finally 2-3 sets w/2x45 8-12 reps. Then on to my chest routine.

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press1's picture

I do these when my shoulders are good condition with 4 & a half 45's for 8 but then its more tiring getting it all into position on you and yourself on the frame than the exercise is lol.

Top_Price77's picture

Lmao! I could only imagine. I may have to try that just to see how you feel. Dont think I can knock off 8 or even one for that matter.

press1's picture

Just seen we are the same bodyweight lol Its very uncomfortable tbh with the dipping belt digging in like hell, hurts your wrists pretty bad also

Top_Price77's picture

Yeah, I can imagine 2 plates already starts digging so 4 would probably feel like I was being pulled in half.

robb's picture

I'm a fan of this exercise also but never as the first exercise. Dips have always been done at the end of a chest workout. Rep till failure, bodyweight only. And if you do triceps after a chest session it's a good way to transition over between body parts.

Trucks's picture

Same. I do them as the very last exercise to hit chest and tris one last time as a burn out. Body weight only

Top_Price77's picture

I've done it like that as well. It's a great way to burn after a good chest or tri workout. For me I work out alone so on chest day it's really hard to go heavy on bench, but if I do these first it helps me pre exhaust the muscles before bench. I have been doing it this way for a while and it's time to change it up. I may flip it and do them at the end.

robb's picture

Agreed, I'd definitely switch it up then if you have been doing it this way for a while. I'm sure you will benefit from doing it at the end of your session.

Dips and dumbell pullovers are both excellent chest exercises that are rarely seen or spoke abo in the gym. Pullovers are great, they even work the lats, nice n steady range of motion, love em lol.

Top_Price77's picture

I'll have to try the pull overs. I do the cable pull downs with arms extended on back day, but not the dumbell pull overs. This evening after I get in from work its about time I sit down and work out a new workout plan. What I am doing has worked wonders but the progress has slowed substantially. Time to shock the muscles and stimulate some new growth.

press1's picture

When I initially trained for mass I found heavy Incline barbell bench followed by flat dumbell flyes worked brilliantly. I know it sounds simple in todays world but it really got the stretch and tears going each time.

GizmoDuck's picture

I love the Dips too but ever since my shoulder surgery my right elbow goes out a little more than my left. But it feels like I’m still hitting what I need to. It’s bloody annoying seeing it go out more tho

GrowMore's picture

Solid numbers bro. The dip is described as the squat for the upper body.. I have a dip/pull up station in my garden and it’s made a huge difference in my chest and lat development by simply banging out 4/5 sets of 18 dips/chest while a chase the kids round the garden or hang up washing.

Top_Price77's picture

Yeah, if I could make it to the gym, and there was only one piece of equipment I could get it would be that, a pull up and dip station.

ziabungle's picture

Staple of mine also. Will pack on muscle doing these, chest and arms. 2 45lbs plates and the warm up. +1

switch87x's picture

+1 for your “warm up” lol. Beast way to start a chest workout. I wouldn’t have a lot left in the tank after that but I could keep up.

Bearded_muscle's picture

Good work brother, all these bodyweight exercises do get harder what you get above 250 pounds so take it easy on the guys who can’t do them lol. Keep grinding

Top_Price77's picture

Lol, you got a point. I am a little light in the ass. That's why I have to add the plates!

Top_Price77's picture

Thanks bro, can't lie, by the time I hit the last set I have to sit for a few minutes and stop shaking .

herpjunkie111's picture

One 45 wasn't too bad, I got good reps, but when I added another 25# on it made more of a difference than I expected, especially in the triceps, have to ease down slow and steady on that first one before you can hit a steady pace, let those tri's adjust a bit.

Top_Price77's picture

And the shoulders.

herpjunkie111's picture

True, just right off the bat though as soon as I unlocked the elbows and leaned forward and started to bend I felt a huge strain on the tri's, maybe bc that's the most weight I've done and bc I was on the 5th set, but i remembered it well enough that on the final set with that weight I kept my feet on the bar and did a couple mock reps to get the tri's prepared for what was coming.

Bearded_muscle's picture

Amen, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little jealous

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Slowly's picture

This exercise is one of my favorites but I prefer to hit the bench press hard first. That's my opinion.

Top_Price77's picture

Lmao! For sure bro! I love doing them because it's a great exercise, but also love the way people keep looking when I have 2 45lb plates hanging from me. I see others doing dips but hardly ever see anyone doing weighted dips.
And of course on back day I start with pull ups. Haven't been able to put as much weight when doing them but am working on it.

herpjunkie111's picture

I did some yesterday, first time starting chest routine with dips, did 6 sets, 2 x bw, 2 @ 45#, 2 @ 70#. Great way to start, got a good stretch and carried the stretch through to db presses, hammer press, db flyes, machine flyes, then pec dec. Hit biceps after.

Top_Price77's picture

I feel like I don't get as good a workout if I don't do them first.

herpjunkie111's picture

I've never done those first before, I only did it bc you said something about it a week or two ago and I wanted to try it.

My chest is more sore today than usual after chest day. I just got back from the gym doing back today and soon as I started I felt the stiffness pretty good. Think I'll stick with it for a while and increase reps, sets, weight and see what it does. Thanks for sharing that.