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(05-11-2009, 02:03 PM)Iuvenalis Wrote: I wonder what you'd think of bar dips. I ask because I've often wondered if they're bad for the shoulder. My shoulder joint tends to hurt when doing them regularly.

That is a tricky question.

I believe the human body works as a unit (science supports that too) and that any natural movement (meaning, it uses the joints and muscles in a way which they were designed.) is never "bad". However, when we try to use certain movements in an articifical way, we often go beyond our design or try to use our body in a way which is entirely appropriate, but in a way we are not ready (a normal human body can do splits, pullups, and backflips, but how many can actually do these in the modern world?)

So for bar dips, it is important to stay within the flexibility of the shoulders. The risk is stretching ligaments (not muscles) which are not designed to stretch at all (well, they have some tolerance, but training them in such a way is never a good idea). So for par dips, if you stay within your ability, you will be safe. To test this, do an "air dip" and see how far back your arm can go. Do not use force to go beyond that. Gravity should not be forcing your body to do anything; you should have total control.

As an exercise, they work, but unlike pullups, I would not consider them to be an essential movement. It is not a movement which is that useful in real life. A pushup (which a dip is) going more forward (classic pushup), on an incline (elevated feet) or a handstand will work the same muscles in a safer and more productive way I think.
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exercise - by kzarah - 05-09-2009, 08:27 PM
Re: exercise - by Historian - 05-09-2009, 08:44 PM
Re: exercise - by tradmaverick - 05-09-2009, 09:32 PM
Re: exercise - by Historian - 05-09-2009, 09:49 PM
Re: exercise - by kzarah - 05-09-2009, 11:06 PM
Re: exercise - by Historian - 05-09-2009, 11:35 PM
Re: exercise - by DrBombay - 05-10-2009, 01:15 AM
Re: exercise - by kzarah - 05-10-2009, 01:17 AM
Re: exercise - by Scipio_a - 05-10-2009, 03:37 AM
Re: exercise - by Iuvenalis - 05-10-2009, 05:06 AM
Re: exercise - by tradmaverick - 05-10-2009, 08:29 AM
Re: exercise - by Historian - 05-10-2009, 12:52 PM
Re: exercise - by PeterII - 05-10-2009, 08:53 PM
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Re: exercise - by Historian - 05-11-2009, 12:44 PM
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Re: exercise - by Historian - 05-11-2009, 03:57 PM
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