I love this exercise and got noticeable changes when I started adding it to my routine.
Only problem is if I go above 45lbs of added weight my sternum gets fucked up. I get sharp pain when doing a chest-to-bar pull-up motion, and also when releasing pressure from my chest. 70lbs of added weight was what caused this, 4 weeks ago and I haven’t done dips since.
I’m not really sure what causes this or if it is a form issue, but I’d really like to be able to add more weight because it was a little light even at the very end of a chest workout.
I know some other people have gotten chest pain doing dips - were there any solutions or things that helped? Or should I just drop the exercise for now.
This is probably because the weights are too much for your tendons/ligaments near your sternum which are attaching your pec muscles.
I had the same thing as you a while ago, except I had 100lbs underneath me, ignored the pain and eventually felt a ‘pop’ resulting in a sharp pain in my pec for a month or so.
I wouldn’t say you should drop the exercises, just lower the weight and let the strength of your tendons/ligaments catch up to the strength of your muscles.
I hadn’t even considered that might have been the issue.
I’ll see if a slower ramping up of the weight helps things along - pretty sure it would be wise to wait until I am not in pain to start doing this though.