Calisthenics Tutorial: Dips

What’s pop’n? I’ve received several requests to do a tutorial on progressions towards full parallel bar dips. Dips are one of my favorite upper body strengthening exercises! So, ask, and you shall receive! 😉

Ch-ch-check it out:


  1. Bench Dips: You can practice these with straight legs or with bent knees for more support.
  2. Assisted Dips: Place a box or bench beneath you to help you practice the lowering phase of the dip, and then use your legs to assist you back up to the top position.
  3. Full Parallel Bar Dips: Once you get comfortable with assisted dips, you can try them unsupported. Bend your elbows back behind you and lean your chest forward. Reach your legs forward as you bend at your waist to engage your abs. Extend your legs and arms powerfully to push yourself back up to the top.
  4. Straight Bar Dips: Once you can do parallel bar dips, you’re ready to move on to the straight bar dip. The same mechanics of the parallel bar dip still apply, only now you’re moving your body around the bar.

And if YOU have any other IDEAS for FUTURE tutorials, please feel free to leave a comment below! I love hearing from my readers because it motivates me to get more content out there!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, and be on the lookout for my next one all about yoga breathing for strength gains and stress relief!

Til next time, peace, ❤ & ninja kicks!

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