Dips vs Bench
One of my goals is to be able to dip my own body-weight (And eventually more). I'm currently trying to cut while trying to hold onto as much muscle as possible. Before my chest/sternum started giving me a problem, I asked a trainer at the gym to watch my form. This is what he said: "Since you're going down as far as you are, you're hitting your triceps more than anything else. If you want to make it more a chest exercise, don't go down as far." Does this make sense?
Since I'm taking a break from dips, I went back to the bench and noticed that I was lifting heavier than I had ever have. I don't know if it's poor form (Will ask for someone to check form tomorrow) but I feel that my delts are giving away before my chest/tris are feeling anything (Whereas with dips, I was really feeling it in my chest). Does it sound like form issues or is it because there was less delt involvement in dips that I let this go unnoticed?
Take a video of your benching and we can tell you what we think.
OK. I'll see if they let me bring a camera into the gym. I have a feeling they've got a policy about cameras but if I go in early or late I may be able to get it done. At what angle or position should I place the camera to give you the best idea on form?
With bench press you use your chest more in the bottom of the movement and triceps at the top, so the trainer who you spoke with may have been a bit confused. It does sound a bit odd that your delts are the weak link - are you tucking your elbows when you descend with the bar?
Originally Posted by synonymous
Depending on the width of the dip bars and the angle of your body they can target either your chest or your triceps.
I try to tuck my elbows when bringing the bar down. Maybe too far in?
Get the video like Chris Mason suggested. We need to see you perform the movement(s) in order for us to help you.