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?
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.
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.