Dips abuse all three heads of the triceps. Variations range in difficulty from “…these are hard” to “OMG Kill Me!” Types of resistance, equipment used, and muscles targeted are all factors that make up an endless array of Dips. For the sake of keeping things simple, let’s start with the basics. For most trainees looking to build upper body and tricep strength, Parallel Bar Dips are the best bet.
Dips recruit your own bodyweight as resistance, making them an honest measuring stick of exactly where you stand in your overall weight-to-strength fitness ratio. Dips are a compound, multi-joint, closed-chain exercise – meaning you get a lot of bang for your buck. Compound movements are functional, incorporate more muscle and typically allow you to handle more weight. Not only does using bodyweight as resistance require greater core stability and strength, it stimulates greater neuromuscular activation, resulting in improved performance and strength gains.