Tricep Dips Video Guide

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  • Chest, Shoulders
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Exercise Instructions

  1. Many people don't know that there are two ways to do dips. Focusing on your triceps, or focusing on your chest. This version of the dip hits the triceps hardest. Grasp the parallel dip bars with an inward grip.
  2. If the bars are adjustable, adjust them in to around shoulder width apart.
  3. Jump up of the floor and take your weight on the bars.
  4. The key to hitting your triceps on this version of the dip is to keep your body as straight as possible and don't lean forward. This may mean not crossing your legs and keeping them hanging down.
  5. Slowly lower yourself down, keeping your eyes facing forward.
  6. Lower until your elbow is at around the same height as your shoulder, and then raise your body back up without locking your arms at the top of the movement.
  7. Repeat for desired reps.

​Tricep Dip Tips:

  1. Do not lower yourself down too far, as this can result in heavy strain on your shoulder joints and possible injury.
  2. Use the mind-muscle connection to focus on working your triceps throughout the movement. Squeeze your triceps hard at the top of the movement and feel the stretch on the way down.
  3. Do not lock your elbows out at the top of the movement.
  4. And finally, keep the rep timing slow for maximum results from this exercise.

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11 Comments+ Post Comment

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Posted Sat, 01/19/2013 - 07:36

can i get a private lesson from you?

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Posted Fri, 09/04/2015 - 16:48
Andrew Gonzalez

I like the way you work out because its making a progression in my body and it helps when i go to the gym.

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Posted Thu, 12/27/2012 - 06:43

I don't have membership to a gym, I also don't have equipment, and the gym at my college is closed until the middle of January. I want to start this Tricep workout now, but I need a back up what do you suggest?

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Posted Thu, 12/06/2012 - 06:47

Im an 18 yo, been lifting for a year now but my triceps are not getting bigger...
Give me solutions...

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Posted Thu, 12/06/2012 - 10:04

Here's a really good tricep routine you could throw in once in a while to blast your arms.

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Posted Thu, 12/29/2016 - 10:23

Do a bunch of tricep push-ups. That's what worked for me.

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Posted Thu, 05/31/2012 - 12:58
Jonas Frandsen

How good is dips compared to close-grip bench press. If I'd go for power sets?

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Posted Tue, 03/20/2012 - 12:01

I don't have the machine either but I do dips using the side of the bathtub and with my feet in front of me lower my body. Would that work the same way?

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Posted Tue, 03/20/2012 - 12:04

Sure, that will target the triceps.

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Posted Tue, 03/20/2012 - 09:21

With dumbbells you could try seated overhead dumbbell extensions.

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Posted Mon, 03/19/2012 - 20:00

what excersise i can use like this one cos i dont have this machine with dumbells or what do yo recomend me.