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    How far down should I go?, I am doing them on an assist machine as I can't lift my own body weight yet and my left shoulder was really sore after doing them last time. My training partner said I was going way lower than normal, below parallel, but one of the more muscular guys in the gym said it was fine to go below parallel and it depends on flexibility. I didn't really mean to go lower and it didn't hurt whilst I was doing them. The next day it was sore, it was worse than the normal DOMS I have been getting, it has come good since. So just for clarification, how low should I go when doing them?





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    I've never really watched vision of myself doing it, so hard to say, but you shouldn't be getting shoulder pain. Lean forward, tuck your chin down and make sure you go fairly low (not a half dip)...when u do it properly u should feel a good burn in your sternum.


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    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gSZPO5eac0&feature=youtube_gdata_player]YouTube - ‪Dips, Part 1‬‏[/ame]


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    I aim to get my tricep parallel to the floor or a bit lower, going any lower than that irritates my shoulder.

    Why nit post a vid of you doing them so we can check your form.
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    As morgan said - post a vid mate.. best way for us to critique.




    If your doing it AFTER a bench session then lean forward a bit and go to 90 degrees on your elbows to hit the triceps and chest..

    If u only want to hit the triceps then lean back and stay upright and also go to 90 degrees. Any lower and u will activate the shoulders.
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    Thanks for the advice guys, I will give the 90 degree angle a go as that's what my training partner said I was doing before I started going deeper and getting the pain in my front delt. I will try it out on Monday and if I get the pain again I will post a vid for you guys to look at my form. That vid you posted Andymitchell has given me a fair idea of what I have to do, I showed my training partner and she said that yeh I was going down way to low as the vid suggests so shes gonna tell me when I get to 90 degrees and that way I can get a feel for it.
    Ceffo, I do them after a bench session so I will give your advice a go as well and lean forward a bit. thx for that.
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    Dips are prob in my top 3-5 exercises....loooove the shit outa them lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joel View Post
    Dips are prob in my top 3-5 exercises....loooove the shit outa them lol

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    I can get more reps in the more upright position, but feel the chest more in the position shown in the clip, so I do them like that.


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    I mix it up - for tris its straight up, for chest its forward - sometimes I may do 5 forward/5 straight up.
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