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Old 03-28-2007, 10:34 AM   #1
Jason Billows
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Has anyone made their own dip bars and if so, how did you go about making them/mounting them.

I have rings but am not yet strong enough to do ring dips and find it awkward doing assisted ring dips.

I did a forum search and found a post for a guy on ebay who sells wall mount dip bars, but I'm curious to know what other options people may have used.
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Old 03-28-2007, 10:52 AM   #2
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I don't have any homemade dip bars or anything, but maybe you could modify the plans for making parallettes to be taller and more stable. This would probably be relatively unstable still (especially for weighted dips) but might do until you get something better
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Old 03-28-2007, 11:00 AM   #3
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How do you assist your ring dips?
Toes on a raised platform behind you?
An alternative is to do large numbers of bench dips then move to rings. We subbed (4or5):1 until our rings came.

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Old 03-28-2007, 11:21 AM   #4
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Several pieces of metal pipe, threaded, and with the proper fittings, make easy wall-mounted dip bars (one side bolted to the wall, the other end directly on the ground.

I can vouch for what Paul is saying as well. Do your bench dips (make sure your back is almost scraping the bench to save your shoulders, don't add weight, just do more reps if necessary). Also, do all of your pushups on parallettes and go deep (mine are such that my nose touches the ground each rep, this requires control, I also concentrate on not "reaching" with my neck to shorten the distance.

Or you can always grease the groove.
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Old 03-28-2007, 01:09 PM   #5
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Made these out of scrap I had laying around. Used 2 1/2" deck screws and carpenters glue. The back piece is 18" long. This gave a good spread between the arms for me and made sure I could screw 16" on center into the wall studs. The arms are about "pec" high. I weigh 230# and have dipped with 25# in a backpack.
I do assisted ring dips by setting their height just below my hips. I have to bend my knees. When I get deeper into the dip, my toes touch the floor and relieve some of my body weight when I need it most.http://www.crossfit.com/discus/messages/26/38938.jpg
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Old 03-28-2007, 01:30 PM   #6
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I know this will sound a little strange, but a Walker is one of the better cheaper dip stands you're gonna find. I've seen a few of those in pics some people have posted of their home gyms.

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Old 03-28-2007, 02:39 PM   #7
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A walker?...As they say in the Guiness Stout commercials...BRILLIANT!
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Old 03-28-2007, 07:54 PM   #8
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I have a walker which I have used for dips. It works ok, but is too narrow, plus it wobbles a bit. Cheap though. I prefer the rings, overall, and am coming to embrace the fact that the ring dips are just harder and therefore good.
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Old 03-29-2007, 10:36 AM   #9
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Great suggestions. Loved the walker idea, but think it may be a little unstable for my weight.

I am currenly doing bench dips but they feel as if they're putting unnecessary stress on my shoulders. No problems yet, but I don't want to temt fate as I used to have rotator cuff problems.

I had considered going the pipe route and will probably do that or try Dennis' approach with some wood.

Thanks.
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Old 03-29-2007, 08:00 PM   #10
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Dennis, I'll bet you could make your dip grips a lot more comfortable with a spokeshave (link w/f safe) or even just a wood plane by rounding off the edges a little. Just a thought.
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