We talked about the importance of utilizing big compound movements and how the act of moving your body or an implement, such as a barbell or dumbbell through space, is always a superior exercise choice than a fixated machine.
As natural physical culture enthusiasts, we need to spend most of our time practicing these compound exercises, but depending upon your specific goals, you may want to sprinkle in an quality isolation movement, such as a triceps extension variation.
Moving along, and paring things down even further in our pursuit on upper-arm strength and aesthetics, we looked at a direct, yet still compound movement that is easily added to your programming, whether you are a beginner or have been training for years.
This series is all about results for natural trainees.
So, pound for pound, what is the very best movement that a natural trainee can implement into their training that would produce the very best results in terms of both unbelievable strength, and also one that delivers a true visual impact as well?
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you dips.
Dips along with overhead pressing variations (military press, behind the neck press, push presses, jerks etc) are the elite vertical upper body pushing movements. They both have their places in resourceful programming, but if I had to choose only one of these movements between dips or overhead presses, it would absolutely be dips.
The very act of pushing the entirety of your body, the sum of your whole parts through space, whilst battling the force of real and present gravitational pull (especially with added resistance), can only result in the truest return of training investment. You can do triceps push downs or stationary machines for much of the day, but you will never come even close to garnering the same effects nor results as opposed to fighting gravity, pushing yourself to new levels.
A little secret. Fixed machines, pulleys, and comfortable equipment are doing much of the work for you.
Surely, you may feel a “burn” but, I believe the data or message that is sent to the brain to burn fat and build direct and ancillary muscle is directed much, much more with real-world strength movements.
So, dips are the cat’s meow.
But, what if you cannot perform dips due to circumstance of strength, skill level, or injury?
This is where a variation of this great movement is systematically advised.
Next time, we will break down the dip movement in all forms, from beginning to advanced for all trainees.
Regardless of skill level, whether you are just starting this journey of strength, health and aesthetics, or have been in the game a long time, there is a dip variation that you can easily “plug in” to your programming to achieve your goals.
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