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Old 02-23-2004, 06:36 AM   #1
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I was curious to hear the different techniques (and actually the proper techniques) for dips. I do all mine "hands to armpits", but I was unsure in which direction I should allow my elbows move. Should the elbows jut out to the sides or straight back?

Also, does anyone practice dips with your hands turned inward, so that your knuckles are pointed towards your body?

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Old 02-23-2004, 08:40 AM   #2
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Elboes should go back, not out to the side. Though if you want to do them that way just to mix it up, go for it.
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Old 02-23-2004, 09:05 AM   #3
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That's some serious full-body tension, Ralph. Cool photo!

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[I would offer you advice on dips if I was qualified to do so, but I just started doing them on rings recently.]
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Old 02-23-2004, 09:25 AM   #4
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Thanks Roger! I will definitely take heed to your advice.

Thanks for the compliment, Ross. It's actually not all that difficult, it just looks really cool. If you wanna try it, just imagine holding a rifle with the butt of the rifle under your armpit. Sqeeze tightly and allow your body to rest on your elbow closer to the ground.

What's really difficult is grasp the pole with arms streched overhead (imagine hanging from a pole, but then turn the image 90 degrees). That would be an accomplishment.
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Old 02-23-2004, 12:02 PM   #5
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A lot of the crossfitters can likely do a straight arm flag (Ralph's photo but with arms overhead as he described). Stand next to the pole with one hand on the pole about waist high and your second hand on the pole just above your head. Kick up and immediately open your bottom shoulder to get a nice line to support on. It's easier to be just a bit above horizontal at first. Once you get the feel you can lower it to flat. Often it's a grip strength issue rather than the support. You'll slide down the pole :-)
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Old 02-23-2004, 12:25 PM   #6
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Roger,
What should the tension feel like on your arms? Should one arm be pushing and the other pulling?

Thanks.
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Old 02-23-2004, 12:53 PM   #7
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Here's a good picture of a straight-armed flag. There were no hidden ropes or wires used...

http://annwm.lbl.gov/%7Eleggett/pict...her/hpress.jpg
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Old 02-23-2004, 01:50 PM   #8
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I've seen that photo. Impressive and stupid. Free solo climbing is simply idiotic IMHO.
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Old 02-23-2004, 10:14 PM   #9
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Yea, so are night carrier landings. The first hundred were extra scary.

I admire their mastery of their craft, and the willingness to lay it all on the line.
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Old 02-24-2004, 08:23 AM   #10
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Yeah, but when most who do it eventually die doing it there's something wrong.

What does doing a free climb prove vs doing it belayed. That you don't have a normal fear instinct? Using your carrier landings analogy, would you land on a carrier without the cable catch? Would you cut your engines on landing just assuming you got the cable? Doing something risky is one thing, taking completely unnecessary risks that do not enhance the outcome is silly.

I'm a gymnast, love bungee jumping and other high risk activities, but proper safety precautions just allows me to keep doing it.
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