[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
It’s not always easy to gauge improvement at an exercise where the load is constant (your bodyweight). As such, I’ve never really focused on getting better AT dips, but at getting more OUT OF doing them. Instead of even bothering doing them at the beginning of my triceps training and worrying about the reps going up, I use them as a finishing exercise, knowing that they take a hell of a lot out of me, so as long as I but my ass, leaving nothing in the tank, I leave the gym with a pump from hell, knowing I ‘got the job done’.
Dips can be ‘tough’ on some lifters and doing them at the end of the workout means the shoulders, elbows, and wrist are better prepared for the work.
Ive noticed this. Previously i would use dips as a warm up and would seriously screw up my left shoulder/rotator cuff if i went to failure or pushed too hard. Now i do them at the end after my main work there have been few if any issues, and my dip numbers are going up.