Alternative to dips...

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    May 30, 2008 4:30 AM GMT
    I get a really sharp pain in my clavicle every time I do dips. It feels as though a muscle is being pulled because after wards it feels like my shoulder is being pulled forward, but it still happens no matter how much I stretch it out. Anyone have any alts to dips? Ive tried bridge dips and get the same pain. Thanks.
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    May 30, 2008 5:04 AM GMT
    I would have it checked out by a dr. Maybe your cavicle is dislocated...or one end of it. It can pop out and just needs to be popped back in.

    Or it could be your anterior deltoid needs strengthening.

    A weak muscle around there could be failing to hold your shoulder in place and you get that pain.

    point is...it may not be a different exercise to dips that you need, but your cavilcle relocated or another muscle(s) strenghtened to withstand the stress of the dips.
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    May 30, 2008 6:29 AM GMT
    If it causes you pain, don't do it. Unless you have perfect form (which very few people do with this exercise), dips can wreak havoc on the shoulder; they cause the upper arm to rotate forward which exacerbates the involved musculature and can cause microtears, etc. Pushups work the same muscles and may be easier to perform while maintaining good form.
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    May 30, 2008 6:57 AM GMT
    First, take Caslon's advice, and see a doctor.

    To strengthen triceps lay back on an incline bench and do skull-crushers (tricep extensions with a barbell, or cable with french curl bar attachment). Careful that this does not aggravate your clavicle.
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    May 30, 2008 5:53 PM GMT
    What part of your clavicle hurts? I'm can only assume that you're talking about the lateral end (the side closest to your arm. You may have a strained ligament or subluxation (acromioclavicular or coracoclavicuar most likely) instead of a dislocation though, since you only feel the pain during certain activities. Either way, you need to get that checked out and to get some care so that you don't make the situation worse.
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    May 30, 2008 6:12 PM GMT
    no its actually the side closer to my sternum. almost right in the middle. i know its not broken. Ive had numerous doctors look at it while at work, never had an xrays done but never had the need to. never had the possibility of it breaking. I stuck to the push ups today. which bugs me cause I can crank out some dips.
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    May 30, 2008 7:23 PM GMT
    How about this exercise? I dont know what it is called, but you hold your arm straight up from the shoulder, bend back at the elbow and hold a dumbbell. Then you curl the dumbbell back up rotating at the elbow. This motion is controlled by the triceps.

    BTW, my trainer never has me do dips for two reasons, I think:

    One, the stress it puts on the joints,

    Two, he says whenever in life do you do things with your hands behind your back such that this exercise is necessary to develop the muscles like that.

    Oh, and you can check out my pic to see how well he has developed my arms! ...and I am old...tee hee hee
  • auryn

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    May 30, 2008 7:55 PM GMT
    Your trainer must be a total vanilla top, Caslon. I can easily think of reasons why somone's arms would be in that position.
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    May 30, 2008 8:16 PM GMT
    Auryn saidYour trainer must be a total vanilla top, Caslon. I can easily think of reasons why somone's arms would be in that position.


    OMG! ... icon_eek.gif ... You nasty boy!

    My training sessions are spiritual sessions when my soul takes over my body and all the vulgar bodily urges are overwhelm by more enlightened transcendant qualities of existence on a higher plane....


    in other words, my PT is straight ... icon_rolleyes.gif