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Think of the humerus as a lever. Top of the lever being the shoulder, bottom of the lever being the elbow.            As the bottom goes backward, the top goes forward:            Image source: Why typing annoys your neck, shoulders, elbows and wrists, and ...


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Dips are not complicated, so most people simply don't think about writing about them. The basic idea behind dips is: Start fully upright Lower your body until the shoulders are roughly parallel with the elbows (a little higher is better than a little lower) Straighten back up Notice how much I left out (on purpose)? I didn't talk about leaning your body, ...


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It's not really a case of dips hitting chest instead of triceps. Dips hits both. But depending on how you do it, it will be working one more than the other. If you want to engage triceps more, try not going down beyond a 90 degree elbow bend, and make sure you lock your arms out completely on every rep. It's the upper part of the lift that engages triceps ...


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Throughout, I will refer to actual dips, not bench dips. What is the real difference between dips and push ups? First of all, dips are harder than push-ups. Good. That means they're better at making you stronger. That's why the "Average F'ing Program" you link to advises people to switch to dips as soon as possible. It's a strength program, after all. You ...


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I also have had varying levels of rotator cuff pain over the years. Most of the time for me its been from bad technique on bar bell bench press, or dumbbell shoulder/bench press movements. There are many ways you can isolate and train (very carefully!) these muscles. I have always found a pain free shoulder strengthening exercise to be the seated barbell ...


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Short answer Don't worry about it. Longer answer Weight belts are NOT going to give you any problems unless you pack on an obscene amount of weights. And this is a catch-22 anyway, because the weight you'd need to strap to yourself is way more than you'd ever be able to do pullups or dips with. You should always opt for a belt which can be tightened ...


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In order to engage your chest during dips, lean forward slightly. It doesn't really have to do with the width of the bars, rather the angle of your lean. That being said, leaning forward will still work your triceps as well. See this article for some good info on dips.


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It will, up to a point. If you can only do 5-10 straight reps before having to break then it's still heavy enough to build decent muscle for you. Once you can do around fifteen or more in a row, however, it'll start to become decreasingly effective.


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You want to start with the support position, or what would be the top of the dip. You can move your hands away from your sides a bit, which will dramatically increase the leverage on your shoulders. As an aside, if you go far enough (with years of training) and you can even hit the "iron cross". I would practice the support position, being able to hold ...


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Progressive weights and good forms are usually deterrent against injuries. when it comes to weightlifting. The exercise itself will not result in any injury; however, you'll injure yourself if you use a weight your body isn't prepared to carry. This is because the weight will be automatically shifted to the lowest part of your back, where more pressure ...


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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). Just for the case that you haven't thought of installing rings on your ...


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If it's harmful for the spine, it will let you know in the form of pain or exhaustion. Since you're working with weights less than 100kg, there generally isn't much reason to believe that your back can't handle it. Adding 12kg to 86kg isn't a drastic change. Your skeleton has already handled weight on this order for a long time already. If you're able to ...


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Actually, gymless training has been a trend for a few years. There is a growing amount of information available in books, DVDs, and the internet about this kind of training, under the names of "bodyweight exercises" or calisthenics. A few places to start (without spending money) would be names like: - Paul Wade (Convict Conditioning) - Al Kavadlo (Pushing ...


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The body responds to shock. Once you can successfully do 100 pushups, 50 pullups and 40 dips daily the body will no longer consider this a shock and rather a routine. At this point, if you keep at it, you will notice a decrease in muscle mass, but not a decrease in strength. Your body was piling up all those muscles because you told it to. Now its realising ...


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You can absolutely do them on the same day. There's no way why you should restrain on doing them. You just have to manage your total workload based on how you feel physically and mentally or based on your overall periodization regimen.


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First and most importantly, pain of this sort should never accompany exercise, whether we are beginning or we are more advanced. If you are experiencing pain, there is something wrong with what you are doing. What you are describing is symptomatic of costochondritis, an inflammation of the medial costal cartilages. Since the (sternocostal head of the) ...


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The L-Sit and V-Sit fit your bill, they can be done on dip bars (as well as on the floor), arms are straight, and they involve a whole lot of contracting your abs. Maybe that's what you're looking for ?


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I've had tendonitis in both elbows for about 12 years. I had 1 tendonitis surgery which helped a lot. The right surgeon makes all the difference. Shop around if you end up needing surgery. The 2nd arm was heading to surgery but my chiropractor massaged it, gave me exercises and had me ice it about 4 times x day for a few months. All the symptoms went away. ...


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Is this satisfactory enough to build muscles up? Provided you are in a caloric surplus(eating more than your TDEE, by adding 100~500 cal to your TDEE), then yes. Also since you are running, make sure you are able to consume the calories you lose from running. Consider doing your workout with 3~4 sets(up to you to make the changes here) for every 3~15 reps. ...


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To build muscle, it is best to do a variety of repetitions. There is no magic number at which your spine will be hurting (especially as biomechanics do not cause an injury). Try to do one session a week with heavier resistance and repetitions of 4-8, and on the other session with repetition from 8-12 or higher as you do now. This way you will build more ...


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How you should react totally depends on what your specific medical diagnosis is, which we can't speak to. However in a (perhaps?) similar situation, what worked was a drastic temporary reduction in shoulder lifting volume and a less-drastic reduction in overall training volume. This gave my shoulder time to de-inflame so I could gradually work back up. ...


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A number of muscles are being trained when doing forward tilted dips. Triceps Long head Lateral head Medial head Front Deltoid Pectoral major (generally the lower pectoral area ) Push ups are excellent for core conditioning and also target the same general muscles as the dip but in a slightly different variation. The push up also focus more on: ...


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