I've been following Nerd Fitness's bodyweight program, starting with the beginner exercises and having built some muscle, now starting to add some of the advanced exercises.

Among the advanced exercises are Dips, for which I don't have any suitable equipment, or bar stools, as suggested in the exercise description.

Is there another exercise I can replace the Dips with to get the same workout?

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    You can do chest dips on a counter-top corner if you have one of those
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    Sep 26, 2013 at 13:00
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It depends on what you try to reach with dips.

If you want to hit the triceps, you can do some pushup variations, e.g. diamond pushups. If you'd like to hit your chest, then it's a little bit difficult. Maybe this video gives you some hints (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALg8W4xxmSk).

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  • That's a good question. I haven't really contemplated exactly which exercise hits what in the training program. Based on the other exercises using the arms, pull- chin- and push-ups, what should I want to hit with the dips?
    – Letharion
    Sep 26, 2013 at 15:56
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    Personally I use dips for the chest development. You'll have to consider that a compound movement always have other muscles in touch. Therefore I have also a triceps involvement inside my chest dips, but not as main focus. You can involve more triceps activity with an upright torso.
    – mchlfchr
    Sep 26, 2013 at 18:25

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