I used to blast out dips, full ROM, and they were one of the best exercises for my chest and tri’s.
I have had to give them up completely though because of shoulder pain, probably due to the fact that I didn’t regulate my ROM when I was cranking them out.
I’d say stop at a little over 90 degrees, but it’s pretty much up to you. Some people can dip all their life and not have problems, but in most cases I think it will eventually cause some shoulder discomfort unless you adhere to strict form.[/quote]
This is why Id hate to give them up, to me there is nothing better for my tris and chest espescially when weighted. But I am getting an impingement type pain, dips seems to exascerbate the pain, I dont feel the same effect if I dont do full ROM…ditching them may be what I have to do but I certainly dont want to.[/quote]
Honestly, I’d say give 'em up now. Shoulders are fragile, and you want to be extra careful with them. You may feel invincible now (as do I), but you have to realize that the set of shoulders you have now is with you for life, so keeping them pain free at all times is a must.
There are plenty of other ways to work your chest and tri’s.[/quote]
You are %100 right…now will I be smart and heed your advice? Im not sure, I can be so stubborn.[/quote]
It’s hard to do, the first couple months a gave 'em up I’d always give in after a couple weeks, but then the soreness would come right back.
Luckily I work in the OR, and specialize in orthopedics, so I get to see a lot of people and their messed up shoulders. Those cases, along with the general anatomy of the shoulder and it’s fragility help to keep me away from tempting exercises (upright rows, dips), and force me to focus on prehab and maintaining the smaller, more important (less visible) components of my shoulders.
In short I have realized that shoulders are involved in pretty much every aspect of bodybuilding, be it directly or indirectly, and I want to be able to lift as long as possible, so taking care of 'em far outweighs the potential of a single tempting exercise.[/quote]
Good post, knees and shoulders, seem to be the first things getting messed up on people young and old. As for dips, I only do them from time to time and it’s an exercise one should really check their egos (weighted dips I refer to, as for Alpha he’s something else with them!!!) with or potential risks increase greatly.