This is definitely a newbie question but here goes, what is the proper form for dips?
I had made a nice progression on a seated dip machine, a Hammer machine, from 110# up to my body weight of 180# over the course about 2 months.
The first time I did them at the dip station, I hurt something in the front of my shoulder on the third set of 8's. I was lowering myself under control until my armpits touched my wrists. Kind of a straight up & down motion.
I took 2 weeks off from during upper body work. It is amazing how many of the exercises I am doing use the shoulder in some fashion.
Then, after the time off, I did them with a more of a forward motion so that my body was in front of my fore arms and limited the bottom position to the point that my shoulders were just below my elbows. I definitely could have gone deeper.
This time I hurt something under my left collarbone, AAAGGGHHH.
The dips follow the flat bench and incline bench on my chest/tricep day. The only other thing I can think of was that I should warm-up at the seated dip machine first by during short sets of 95# and 135#.
Any advice would be appreciated.