I'm not doing dips because when I do them it hurts my shoulder and prevents me for months at a time from doing other lifts.
While not doing dips I am currently anything but stagnate as a lifter, particularly on the upper body lifts that would be assisted by the dip. I continue to progress on both my bench press and over head press.
However, if I did do dips and jacked up my shoulder, like I did the last 2 times I programmed them, I would not be able to Over head press or bench press. Then I would be stagnate.
I don't feel this is a natural movement. Pushing something up overhead is a natural movement. Picking up something heavy from the ground is a natural movement. Putting my arms to the side and behind me and pressing is not IMO. And I don't feel like I am losing a thing by not doing them.
For the sake of discussion I ask, what if I try to fix them? How would I go about that without putting myself at risk for an unnecessary injury? And most importantly, if I did take that risk, what would I really gain? I would gain another useful assistance exercise, yes, but would my bench press and overhead press show dramatic improvement vs the other assistance exercises I am currently using?
That's my logic about the situation. I just wanted to explain more thoroughly. I am not an author or expert, but this is an attempt from an average joe to explain himself.
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Last edited by BigJosh; 01-05-2013 at 12:29 AM.