Pushing the body to its limits sometimes looks like taking a nice, refreshing dip. We don’t mean a dip into the pool, but a dip with the arms to build muscle tone and core stability.
This is an exercise that has its roots in gymnastics and calisthenics, working the triceps in isolation to improve muscle definition, agility, and strength.
How to Take a Dip
The toughest part about the Dipping Bar is how it isolates the tiny little tricep muscle. These muscles on the back of the upper arm help us to do all kinds of things, from typing on a computer to moving a piano. Strengthening them with this exercise will bring added definition and bulk to them, creating the same kind of definition in the back of the arm that is much easier to get in the front part of the arm at the biceps.
Though this movement is pretty straightforward, form is always of utmost importance. Not only will proper form keep you from getting injured, it will also help you to get the results you’re after. No fudging it if you want the results!
You’ll need parallel bars or rings for this exercise.
- Stand facing the bar.
- Put one hand on each side of the bars, palms facing in towards you.
- Lift the body in the air, knees bent. Push upwards through the shoulders, being careful to relax the neck.
- Hold yourself in this position for a few moments as you adjust and flatten your back.
- Bend your elbows, keeping your arms squeezed in tightly to the sides of your torso.
- Stop when your elbows are at a right angle.
- Keep your spine straight at all times, but you can lean forward a little bit as you look down.
- Carefully repeat.
Lots of Ways to Dip
That is one example of an exercise that you can do on the Dipping Bar, but there are many variations. Tricks and innovative, fun challenges are possible with the Dipping Bar. Recently these useful workout tools have gone by a few other names too, such as the EQualizers or EQs, or Paralletes.
A few possibilities for the Dipping Bar if you’ve got more upper body strength are Push-Ups and Planks. These exercises reinforce the pecs and the arms, and are far more challenging than their partner exercises on the ground.
To get to the more challenging exercises, it’s important to work through the easy and intermediate exercises first. Otherwise you’re going to be in for a lot of frustration.
Why Paralletes are Unparallelled
The Dipping Bar offers an incredible way to push the body to the next level.
A big reason why this equipment is awesome is that it helps to develop body control as well as strength. Muscle movement that is controlled is far more productive than muscle movement that’s wild and woolly. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to working out or you’ve been at this for decades, refining control is always a good thing.
This kind of hardcore, controlled movement is going to push your caloric burn to the maximum. Steady state exercises like these burn more calories than aerobic cardio. They’re just less popular because they are more challenging. If you’re up for the challenge and want to take your workout far off to the next level, then the Dipping Bar is perfect for you.