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Chest Pain With Dips?


#1

About a month ago I started working out my chest and triceps by doing dips. Shortly after I got a pain in the center part of my chest. It doesn't seem like its a soar muscle. I went to the doctor to get x-rays, but everything looked fine.

The pain finally went away until I did dips again. Now I am experiencing the same pain. Any ideas on what it could be?


#2

it just happens, its not even painful. man up youre fine.


#3

I've experienced the same thing. It is very painful. I actually went to the ER at one point for an X-ray because I believed I had displaced the cartilage right under my breast bone. Doctors claimed nothing showed up on the X-ray. Later, I was laying on the floor on my back and stretched and I felt a "pop" in the center of my chest and the pain stopped. When things are out of place, though, it hurts to breathe and I get really sharp pains as if I'm being poked with something sharp.

I don't know if you are feeling the exact same thing I've felt, but I've found there is nothing I can do to prevent it. Anytime I do dips with a pec emphasis (leaning forward) which stretches my chest, I begin to have that pain. I can do heavy tricep dips (torso upright) all day long with no problem.

I'm just a wuss, I guess, but it is very real.


#4

It happens sometimes, especially in younger athletes.

Body shape. If it hurts, don't do it.


#5

I've been training 25 yrs and it still happens to me from time to time. I agree w/Ghost22....just do something else.

By the way...my 1st post here...been watching and don't like the really 'big' or popular boards. Seems like a great community here.


#6

I usually notice it if my form is becoming sloppy from being to tired from a previous exercise.


#7

i have a pang of pain too but that was because i did the dips first before anything else. i'll try to do it last.. just re-introduced myself back to dips lately.


#8

Same thing happens to me. It feels like my chest is going to rip in half or something.

I'm with Ghost22: if it hurts, don't do it. I avoid dips, there's tons of other chest/tri exercises to work with.


#9

Quite interesting. I remember when I was around 12 and I tried to do dips and it was pretty painful on the inner portion of my chest, even on the first rep. It felt like it was hurting my sternum. I didn't workout regularly when I was that young, but a few years later, I didn't get any pains from dips.

When I puff my chest out or arch the back, occasionally my chest will pop/crack. I figure it has to have something to do with your bone structure. I think possibly bad posture might attribute to the pain.


#10

I did dips tonight, it causes a "nice pain" in the chest, for sure. Good times.


#11

The only pain i get doing dips is sometimes (like this week) in my upper left arm, just below the shoulder.


#12

yeah i think i understand what you are saying regarding the pain...whenever i do dips i feel a slight pain in my sternum and far more noticable pain in my shoulders lol