Chest Dips – Exercise of the Week
The dip exercise mainly targets your tricep muscles, which are the muscles at the back of your arms. However with a slight variation in movement, the exercise can instead target and place more of an emphasis on the chest muscles. Learn how to compete this chest dips exercise here – with helpful step by step pictures as completed by our fitness team.
To begin this exercise, you start like you would with the normal dip exercise. You can read our blog post on how to complete dips here. With this chest variation, ensure that you have enough room in front of you to bend slightly forward. So you may need to grip the dip bars more towards the ends of the bars to accommodate for this. When at the top of the movement with your arms fully extended straight, slowly arch yourself forward so that your body is held in more of a diagonal line. As you arch forward in this way, you should feel a stretch across your chest muscles as they become engaged and ready to work with your bodyweight as part of this chest dips exercise.
Slowly lower your body down by bending your elbows and flaring your elbows upwards. As you do so, make sure to maintain your arched / slanted positioning so that the emphasis of the movement remains on the chest muscles. As you move downwards, the stretch of the chest muscles should feel more evident and intense. Pause for a couple of seconds at the bottom of this movement and then straighten your arms again to return to the top of the movement. This is one repetition (rep) complete. Please ask any of our friendly fitness team for advice, feedback and even demonstrations of any exercises you may need assistance or guidance with. They can also advise on the best amount of sets and reps to complete in order to reach and maintain your health and fitness goals.
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