Exercise #2: Dips On The Parallel Bars
Now moving on to an upper-body exercise we have dips on the parallel bars.
Mistake 1: First of all you shouldn’t do dips on a bench since your hands are locked behind your back, the exercise puts your shoulders in a very unnatural position, and that can cause impingement luckily. with parallel bars, we can do dips without the hands being behind the back, but even with regular dips on parallel bars, there are still a lot of mistakes here to address.
Mistake 2: First of all, you shouldn’t be doing partial reps like I see many people do at the gym, if you can’t do reps where you go all the way down until your upper arm is almost parallel with the ground, then work on improving your tricep strength with other exercises, if you have an assisted pull-up machine, or resistance bands, you can use those to help yourself work through a full range of motion on dips as well.
Not going low enough is a problem, but going too low is also a problem you shouldn’t go lower than parallel with the floor, otherwise, you’ll once again be placing a lot of stress on the shoulders.
Mistake 3: The other thing that people do, is flare their elbows out way too far, while you can flare your elbows out a little bit and lean forward to concentrate more on your chest. you don’t want to flare them too far out
Mistake 4: And the last thing that a lot of people do wrong is they try to do dips while keeping their body perfectly vertical, even if you’re trying to concentrate on your triceps, you’ll be a lot better off leaning at least slightly forward with your chest in front of your hips on this exercise.