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#24: Analyzing Dips

  • Written by Denis Pedneault

Introduction

Denis PedneaultThe dip is often considered to be the upper-body squat, and for good reason, since, along with chin-ups, it’s one of the most effective exercises you can do for the upper body. Legendary trainer Vince Gironda was a big proponent of the dip and had his own particular way of performing it. Unfortunately, I see a lot of people who either don’t perform it correctly or do so without understanding the functional biomechanics of the shoulder complex. The dip is, indeed, a very useful exercise, but you should know how to benefit from it, otherwise you are wasting your time or, worse, exposing yourself to injury. I will take the time here to analyze this exercise and explain how and why I prescribe it. Let’s begin with the variations and different ways to perform the dip.

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