Way, way back in the late nineties, I bought a dip/chin apparatus from a commercial gym equipment vendor.
The retail spot that the business resided in has long been replaced by many other start-ups and ventures.
Thinking back, over the years, I have probably invested just a tad over $1000 US dollars in the home gym equipment I currently own and cherish.
Did I get fleeced at age twenty on some used stuff?
But, time has a way on leveling these things out. The use and results I have seen from these implements has been absolutely priceless.
By my estimation, I have performed well over 250,000 dips in various forms (weighted, BW, strict variations) and that is a very modest estimate on this single piece of equipment. Mind you, I also spent a good portion of those years in several commercial gyms, using their great equipment too.
What about pull-ups?
Basically the same scenario.
I recently reattached the pull-up bar to the dip/chin unit.—–previously, for the last couple decades, if I wasn’t training in the commercial gym, I just did pull-ups/chin-ups in my power rack.
The photo shows the difference.
6 inches wider, plus a downward angle.
Upon reattaching the bar, I attempted to use my standard body weight & weighted resistance.
I was immediately humbled.
This change was hitting the upper back in ways that I haven’t felt for quite a while.
Amazingly, at age 46 and counting, after just a few sessions of committed, concentrated work, I was nailing numbers (and loads) that I haven’t hit previously.
Commitment is everything.
Show up (that is 95% of the battle) and give your very best.
Also, regardless of circumstances, despite what storms rage around you, never, ever quit.
If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.