The triceps bench dip is one of the most effective exercises for triceps you can do. The beauty of this exercise is that it can be done virtually everywhere where you can find a bench, a chair or a desk.
Bench Dips – Muscles Worked:
The primary muscles that the bench dips work are: all three heads of the triceps, especially the lateral head. Secondary muscles worked are the front deltoids and chest muscles.
Bench Dips – Equipment Needed
The bench ( or reverse) dip does not require any fancy equipment other than two benches, chairs or even desks. This exercise can be performed at home, in a hotel room, at a playground, or virtually anywhere.
How to execute the triceps bench dip ?
– Place two flat benches parallel to one another at a distance that is close to your leg length.
– Sit on one of the benches and place your hands on the edge of the bench. Place your heels on the other bench.
– Straighten your arms, slide your rear end off of the bench. This will be your starting position.
– From this position, bend your arms and slowly lower your body to the point where you feel a stretch in your shoulders or chest.
– Slowly push back up, squeezing through the triceps.
- Keep your elbows close to your body.
- Try not to go too deep down to avoid unnecessary strain on the shoulder joints.
Bench Dips – Variants
If you want to increase the resistance you can place a weight plate or a dumbbell in your lap.
On the other hand, if the exercise is too hard for you, then you can decrease the resistance by placing your feet on the floor instead of the other bench.
A lot harder and a bit different version of the dip is the parallel bar dip which builds strength and mass.