Your triceps are the big muscles on the back side of your upper arms (the opposite muscle group to the biceps). Tricep dips focus on not only building out your tricep muscles but also on toning them too. The tricep dip is an isolation exercise; the movement occurs at only one joint and targets one muscle group. All you need to do the dips is a raised edge such as the edge of a sofa, bed, chair or step. Many gyms have parallel bars and parks often have parallel bars. Dips using parallel bars with full body weight are very hard to do. Dips can even be done in a swimming pool against the pool side.
Ultimate Guide to Tricep Dips
- Mke sure you have a good grip with your arms extended.
- Inhale and slowly lower yourself downward. Your elbows should stay close to your body. This focuses on the triceps. Lower yourself until there is a 90 degree angle formed between the upper arm and forearm.
- Exhale and push back up using your triceps to bring your body back to the starting position.
The Benefits of Tricep dips
- Tricep dips can help to tone and reduce “Bingo wings”. You can’t isolate fat loss, but the added muscle should tone the area.
- The tricep dips are an isolation exercise as the movement occurs at only one joint and targets only the triceps.
- It is not a good idea to just focus upon bicep curls, something many men do. Working the triceps in proportion to the biceps will produce strong arms.
- Tricep dips can be done pretty much anywhere. Parallel bars are quite hardcore but dips against any low sturdy object such as a chair or bed is great.