Posted On:8/18/2010 5:05pm
Style: Muay Thai
So after seeing you guys extol the virtues of dips so much, I've been trying them out. Hard as hell, just like pullups when I started them, but that just means they're awesome. Only trouble is, I get this odd pain in my left collarbone, and only that one, when I'm pushing myself back up. Is this common? If it is, how can I fix it?
Also, if all I've really got time/space for is bodyweight exercises when I'm not training, should I be doing these instead of pushups? I've been using my pullup bar flipped over on the floor for pushups, and they're more effective than normal ones, but I'd trade them out if dips are that much better.
Posted On:8/18/2010 5:17pm
What's your hand placement like, how deep do you go? Do you know if you have any shoulder flexibility issues?
Try varying the depth and hand spacing see if that helps.
Posted On:8/18/2010 5:28pm
No flexibility issues. I have to use my dining room chairs, so I set them up a little bit further out than shoulder width. I try to go as deep as possible, which generally ends up being about parallel with the handles.
I just think it's a little odd that both of them wouldn't hurt.
Posted On:8/18/2010 7:03pm
Do you lean forward or remain upright on your dips?
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Posted On:8/19/2010 5:28am
Yeh, Emevas's question is probably the important one here. I did not realise that this made a difference, but it does.
Compare these two exercises:
One is with parallel bars and body straight, the other with wider angled bars, with body leaning forward.
For ages I was doing chest dips without realising it, and got pains in my collar bone area.
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Posted On:8/19/2010 10:43am
You can also lean forward even on parallel bars. Most folks do it as an act to compensate for weak triceps but overemphasizing the pecs.
Posted On:8/19/2010 3:04pm
That helps, I think I'm trying to do one using the other's grip. I'll give it a try today and see how it works.
Posted On:8/19/2010 3:32pm
Okay, I think the trouble is my setup. I can't get the chairs even, and they wobble when I come down. Guess it's back to my old friends the pushup handles.
Posted On:8/19/2010 6:24pm
Oh man, the fact it's chairs is probably a big part of the problem as well. You're going to spend most of your time stablizing yourself.
If you're doing home training, spring for a power tower. Chin and dip station, pretty much the only 2 upper body movements you'll ever need.
Posted On:8/19/2010 8:43pm
I've got a pullup bar already which I use fairly religiously, so I'm covered there. And after doing some research, it looks like the cheapest dip stations are at least 80 bucks. Considering the basic structure of a dip station, I'm pretty sure a trip to the hardware store's pipe department and half an hour's worth of work can fix that problem much more cost-effectively.
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