I have never been good at dips. I’m sure with regular practice, I would definitely improve my upper body strength. When I belonged to a gym, I rarely saw people performing dips. They are not easy to do because it requires handling your own body weight for resistance. If you can’t handle your body weight, it will be even more difficult as the exercise requires lowering your body until your upper arms are parallel to the floor or going even further until your shoulders are past your elbows.
The dip exercise works out your triceps and pectoral muscles. You can perform them on parallel , chairs (two chairs back-to-back), two benches, or rings. Dip bars can be purchased for the home or if you want to use them for free, find a playground with monkey bars.
Push-ups VS Dips
While both exercises work the triceps and chest muscles, there are some differences to consider.
- Easier to do
- More variation (close-hand, diamond, wide-arm, incline, etc.)
- Works upper and middle chest, triceps
- Can be done anywhere
- Can be more difficult than the push-up
- Requires equipment (dip bars, rings, chairs, benches)
- Works lower chest, triceps, and deltoid muscles
In the end, both are great exercises and would be a good addition to any workout program. Do you perform dips?