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Old 04-16-2009, 05:57 AM   #1
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Dips: Distance between handle bars......

Hey CrossFitters !!

Could somebody please tell me what the ideal distance between the handles of a dip bar is ? I have tried 30" (=about 75 cm) and i think that's bad for my shoulders........



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Old 04-16-2009, 07:07 AM   #2
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Re: Dips: Distance between handle bars......

Try somewhere around 20 inches. The dip bars should be just under your shoulders so that your arms are almost vertical when fully extended.
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Old 04-16-2009, 07:33 AM   #3
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Re: Dips: Distance between handle bars......

I find that most 'gym' bars are much to wide for me, but that's what I have to work with...

I just need to be careful.

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Old 04-16-2009, 08:10 AM   #4
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Re: Dips: Distance between handle bars......

Initial setting should be about a cubit... The distance from your elbow to your fingertip.
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Re: Dips: Distance between handle bars......

Yeah what Roger said...

basically shoulder width or maybe an incho or two outside shoulder width is fairly good.
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Old 04-16-2009, 02:52 PM   #6
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Re: Dips: Distance between handle bars......

I do dips oddly, so my advice is probably not the best. Specifically, I dip with my elbows out, my legs straight, feet in front of me, chin tucked to my chest. Works more chest than shoulders. As a result, I like wider bars.
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Old 04-16-2009, 05:41 PM   #7
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Re: Dips: Distance between handle bars......

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I do dips oddly, so my advice is probably not the best. Specifically, I dip with my elbows out, my legs straight, feet in front of me, chin tucked to my chest. Works more chest than shoulders. As a result, I like wider bars.
Dips with elbows out may give you shoulder problems... just sayin'

It's like benching with elbows flared out at 90 degrees.
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Old 04-17-2009, 09:11 AM   #8
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Dips with elbows out may give you shoulder problems... just sayin'

It's like benching with elbows flared out at 90 degrees.
Well they aren't THAT far out, but they certainly aren't tucked.

Besides, I haven't done any heavy weighted dips in a while, if I've got a 100 pound dumbbell hanging off me I'll probably pull in.
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