Other Dip Variations
If your gym does not have a dip station, there are alternative variations that you can perform with whatever equipment is available. Moreover, if you find bodyweight dips too challenging or too easy, there are techniques you can utilize to modify the exercise to suit your strength level.
If you’re looking for an easy way to perform dips, assisted dip machines are a great option. These machines come equipped with dip bars and a counterweight knee pad, which can help reduce resistance levels and make it easier for beginners or those who want to do more reps.
If you don’t have access to an assisted dip machine, you can still perform assisted dips by using a power band stretched between a standard set of dip bars and kneeling on it.
To target your triceps muscles, try bench dips as an alternative to tricep dips. First, place your hands on the edge of a bench and keep your body upright as you lower yourself in a dipping motion. You can also adjust your foot position to increase or decrease the difficulty of the exercise.
At many gyms, you can find a dip machine that includes an upright seat and parallel dip bar handles, which are connected to a weight stack. These handles can be modified in width to focus on either the chest or triceps.
Furthermore, the adjustable weight of the machine makes it appropriate for both novices and experienced trainers.
As you advance in your strength training, bodyweight dips may become too easy for you. If you find yourself in this situation, you can try weighted dips to continue building upper body size and strength.
To do this, you will need a dip belt, a specialized piece of equipment. You can then increase the difficulty of your dips by attaching a dumbbell or weight plate to the belt.