From the very first time I attempted dips I was absolutely hooked.
I must of been around 18-19 years old and I was looking for a complimentary exercise to the bench press, when I read about body weight dips.
I remember my very first of endeavors on this new exercise and was pleasantly surprised at both how I performed and also how I felt as I knew intuitively that this new movement was a winner in terms of the results that it would produce in both strength & size.
My progress came fast & furious. I rapidly added resistance seemingly each week and my momentum revealed itself in new muscle growth in the chest, deltoids, & triceps.
Eventually, I built up to increasingly heavier weights. I did have the occasional setback when my muscular/joint progress may have not completely aligned with my enthusiasm to add poundage, but the loads continued to increase year after year.
A few years ago I decided to up the ante and take the next logical step in progression.
Gymnastic Ring Dips
I toiled with this challenging exercise. Humbled, oftentimes frustrated, I lamented on how I could easily perform repetitions with 100% of my body weight, but yet struggled to perform a set of 10 with ring dips.
Something I love about the natural approach to strength and body sculpting is that you receive rewards that are truly earned.
There are absolutely no shortcuts. Effort, tenacity, determination, consistency and will are repaid in time.
There is always a next level. You can take any exercise, movement, or variation and make it more difficult and thereby more results-producing.