The dip is a bodyweight exercise that targets your chest, triceps, and shoulders. It involves lowering and raising your body using parallel bars or sturdy furniture, while engaging your core for stability.
Here’s how to perform a dip:
1. Position yourself between parallel bars or use two sturdy surfaces, like chairs placed shoulder-width apart.
2. Place your hands on the bars or rings with your palms facing down. Keep your arms straight, and your body hanging in the starting position.
3. Engage your core and slowly lower your body by bending your elbows. Lower yourself until your upper arms are parallel to the ground or slightly below.
4. Push through your hands to straighten your arms and raise your body back up to the starting position.
Dips offer several benefits for beginners and those looking to gain strength with personal training or in group fitness classes. They help build upper body strength, particularly targeting the chest, triceps, and shoulders. Additionally, dips engage your core muscles, contributing to overall stability and control.