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Sternum Pain With Dips

I have a lot of pain right in my sternum (middle of chest) when doing dips. However if i do them with my chest precisely 90 degrees to the floor i’m fine. Something I should go to the doc for or does anyone else have the same problem?

How old are you? It’s not an uncommon problem in younger people.

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When you do them perpendicular to the floor ur triceps do most of the work thats why ur sternum doesn’t hurt.

HOWEVER, since it does hurt when u tilt forward don’t do them. THis pain only occurs since your body is still growing and the sternum has not harden yet. (I used to get this pain a lot when I was a teen) My suggestion, lay off dips until you get older.

I’m 17 and I’ve had 3 or 4 surgeries, all my growth plates have closed up, but you guys are probably right, looks like i’ll be keeping perpendicular, thanks guys.

I had the same problem up until recently. I’d say you probably shouldn’t do dips until the pain goes away, especially since you’ve had 3 or 4 surgeries already. There are plenty other exercises you can do instead such as narrow-grip bench pressing at various angles.

Had the same problem, cept i thought it was normal. It took 3 months to heal. First 3 weeks I didn’t train at all. then got back into it slowly. That was a crazy pain though. I replaced dips with incline close grip bench press.

Another thing to replace dips with is pushups. Keep your elbows in tight to your side and elevate your feet a bit. Elbows tight = load transfers from pecs to triceps. Feet up adds more load. If you want higher resistance (once you can do a good 40 with good form), either start working on one-arms or have someone put a plate between your shoulder blades. Don’t have your feet up if using a plate since it will slide forward and whack you upside the head.

Compliment with some rowing type exercise and you are good to go.

YMMV

– jj

Another thing to replace dips with is pushups. Keep your elbows in tight to your side and elevate your feet a bit. Elbows tight = load transfers from pecs to triceps. Feet up adds more load. If you want higher resistance (once you can do a good 40 with good form), either start working on one-arms or have someone put a plate between your shoulder blades. Don’t have your feet up if using a plate since it will slide forward and whack you upside the head.

Compliment with some rowing type exercise and you are good to go.

YMMV

– jj