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    Help with tricep dips

    I've been doing dips by extending my legs on my couch and having my hands on my bench sliding my butt off the bench and dipping down and up. This has been by far the most effective workout for my triceps. Nothing else I've done even comes close.

    The problem I'm running into now is that I'm up to 200 pounds on my lap and it's becoming a bit unsafe. I'll have 4-35lbs weights, 2-25lbs weights, and then a 10.

    I was seeing if anyone has found a more effective way of doing this exercise then what I'm currently doing.

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    Calibrated Sand Bags to the weight you want them. (full of sand and rocks maybe?) ,100 lb plates ,if your plates are Olympic ones you can get one of those trap bars an it will be stable on your lap...
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    Hmm I looked up trap bars Im not sure how safe I would feel balancing that on my lap. You did give me an idea with a dumb bells though. I think I can put my leg in between two and have weights on top and bottom just not so sure I can dip low enough. Will see I'll have to test it out maybe get on a higher surface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by method115 View Post
    I've been doing dips by extending my legs on my couch and having my hands on my bench sliding my butt off the bench and dipping down and up. This has been by far the most effective workout for my triceps. Nothing else I've done even comes close.

    The problem I'm running into now is that I'm up to 200 pounds on my lap and it's becoming a bit unsafe. I'll have 4-35lbs weights, 2-25lbs weights, and then a 10.

    I was seeing if anyone has found a more effective way of doing this exercise then what I'm currently doing.
    If you reach that point with bench dips I would switch over to standard dips - you can get a 'power tower' for around $100 if you look around (sales, craigslist, Play-It-Again, etc.). In general I would say that standard dips are at probably 50% more difficult in terms of added resistance so if you are doing bench dips with 200 lbs you might be able to knock out a couple of reps with 100 lbs doing bar dips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mutaffis View Post
    If you reach that point with bench dips I would switch over to standard dips - you can get a 'power tower' for around $100 if you look around (sales, craigslist, Play-It-Again, etc.). In general I would say that standard dips are at probably 50% more difficult in terms of added resistance so if you are doing bench dips with 200 lbs you might be able to knock out a couple of reps with 100 lbs doing bar dips.
    How would I'd at the weight?

    I found this one at walmart. I really don't have the room in my apartment for this but whatever. All I do is eat sleep and workout here.
    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ndingMethod=rr

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    Quote Originally Posted by method115 View Post
    How would I'd at the weight?

    I found this one at walmart. I really don't have the room in my apartment for this but whatever. All I do is eat sleep and workout here.
    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ndingMethod=rr
    That might not work - see the manufacturer details; it's only rated for up to 250 pounds. With your body weight, added weight for dips, and how crappy that thing looks, I'd take Tom's advice and hit up Play-it-Again or Craigslist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by method115 View Post
    How would I'd at the weight?

    I found this one at walmart. I really don't have the room in my apartment for this but whatever. All I do is eat sleep and workout here.
    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ndingMethod=rr
    I would look for a used piece of equipment that is more sturdy rather than a low-end piece of new equipment.

    You can add weight with a dip belt (can make them for around $10), locking a dumbbell between your legs, or even something as simple as putting on a backpack with some weights or other objects inside to add resistance.
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    How many sets and how many reps in each set? You could lower the weight and just do more reps or sets. You could even do drop sets.

    Quote Originally Posted by method115 View Post
    I've been doing dips by extending my legs on my couch and having my hands on my bench sliding my butt off the bench and dipping down and up. This has been by far the most effective workout for my triceps. Nothing else I've done even comes close.

    The problem I'm running into now is that I'm up to 200 pounds on my lap and it's becoming a bit unsafe. I'll have 4-35lbs weights, 2-25lbs weights, and then a 10.

    I was seeing if anyone has found a more effective way of doing this exercise then what I'm currently doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mutaffis View Post
    I would look for a used piece of equipment that is more sturdy rather than a low-end piece of new equipment.

    You can add weight with a dip belt (can make them for around $10), locking a dumbbell between your legs, or even something as simple as putting on a backpack with some weights or other objects inside to add resistance.
    Thanks for the advice everyone. I'll keep an eye out on craigslist for something. I can't believe I didn't think of the backpack this is exactly what I use for pull ups should have been obvious to me.

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