Protect Your Shoulders By Performing 'The Perfect Dip'
Jul 17, 2012 14:08
Even if you've been working out at the gym for a while, paying attention to a few simple rules of proper technique can not only make you slimmer, stronger and healthier, it can help prevent some seriously wicked injury. Below is a demonstration of how to perform the perfect dip: THE WRONG WAY:
See the way the arms are bent? This position places the scapula (shoulder bone) in a very unstable position, which can lead to injuries. THE RIGHT WAY:
Instead of using one, support yourself on two chairs [or benches] on either side of the body. That way, you can position your hands evenly or even slightly in front of your body and takes some of the pressure off the shoulder blades.
Remember to bend at the elbows until your arms are at a 90-degree angle before pressing back up slowly for maximum results.
Did you know that using barbells for lower body exercises lets you lift a substantial amount of weight. "The issue with dumbbells for exercises like squats and lunges is that grip strength is a limiting factor," says Schoenfeld. Because your lower body is generally much stronger than your upper body, your grip strength tends to give way long before your legs do. But using a barbell eliminates that problem. Read more