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Assisted Wide-Grip Chest Dip

Exercise Profile

Body PartChest
EquipmentLeverage machine
Primary MusclesPectoralis Major Clavicular Head, Pectoralis Major Sternal Head
Secondary MusclesDeltoid Anterior, Triceps Brachii
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Introduction to the Assisted Wide-Grip Chest Dip

The Assisted Wide-Grip Chest Dip is a compound exercise that targets the chest, triceps, and shoulder muscles, while also engaging the core. It is particularly beneficial for individuals looking to build upper body strength and improve muscular endurance. This exercise is a great choice for those who want to enhance their athletic performance, sculpt the upper body, or work on their push movements in a safe and controlled manner.

Performing the: A Step-by-Step Tutorial Assisted Wide-Grip Chest Dip

  • Slowly lower your body by bending your elbows, keeping your chest forward and your spine straight, until your upper arms are parallel to the ground.
  • Hold this position for a second, ensuring your elbows are slightly out to the sides and not flaring out too much.
  • Push your body back up to the starting position using your chest and triceps, maintaining the same body posture.
  • Repeat these steps for the desired number of repetitions, making sure to keep your movements smooth and controlled throughout the exercise.

Tips for Performing Assisted Wide-Grip Chest Dip

  • Controlled Movement: Avoid dropping down too quickly. The movement should be slow and controlled to effectively work the chest muscles. A common mistake is to use momentum to perform the exercise, which can lead to injury and less effective results.
  • Full Range of Motion: Ensure you're using a full range of motion for maximum effectiveness. Lower your body until your shoulders are slightly below your elbows at the bottom, then push back up until your arms are fully extended but not locked out.
  • Keep Your Body Stable: Avoid swinging or swaying your body. This not only reduces the effectiveness of the exercise but also increases the risk of injury. Your body should remain stable throughout the entire movement.

Assisted Wide-Grip Chest Dip FAQs

Can beginners do the Assisted Wide-Grip Chest Dip?

Yes, beginners can do the Assisted Wide-Grip Chest Dip exercise. However, it's important to start with a lower level of assistance and gradually increase the difficulty as strength and form improve. This exercise can be challenging for beginners because it requires a good amount of upper body strength, particularly in the chest, shoulders, and arms. It's recommended to have a trainer or spotter when starting out to ensure proper form and prevent injury.

What are common variations of the Assisted Wide-Grip Chest Dip?

  • Close-Grip Chest Dip: Instead of a wide grip, this variation involves positioning your hands closer together, which targets the triceps more than the chest.
  • Weighted Wide-Grip Chest Dip: This variation involves adding extra weight to your body, usually through a weight belt, to increase the intensity of the exercise.
  • Single-Arm Wide-Grip Chest Dip: This advanced variation involves performing the exercise with only one arm, which significantly increases the difficulty and targets the chest and triceps muscles more intensely.
  • Assisted Wide-Grip Chest Dip with Leg Raise: This variation involves raising your legs as you lower your body, which engages the core muscles in addition to the chest and triceps.

What are good complementing exercises for the Assisted Wide-Grip Chest Dip?

  • Push-ups are another exercise that pairs well with Assisted Wide-Grip Chest Dips because they work the same muscle groups - the chest, shoulders, and triceps - but in a different range of motion, promoting overall muscle balance and stability.
  • The Incline Dumbbell Press is a great complement to Assisted Wide-Grip Chest Dips as it focuses on the upper pectoral muscles and the front of the shoulders, areas that may not be as intensely worked during the dips, thus ensuring a well-rounded chest workout.

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