When it comes to strength training, there are lots of ways to add value and benefit to your routine, but adding dip belts to the mix might be one of the most effective. Dip belts allow you to progress when it comes to several common bodyweight exercises once you’ve successfully mastered “bodyweight only” reps. Belts can help you add variety, nuance, and challenge to your overall strength training routine as well.
Here, we’ll take a closer look at the benefits of incorporating a dip belt into your routine. We’ll cover some examples of exercises that are excellent fits for dip belts. You’ll be feeling stronger in no time!
Why Add a Dip Belt?
Naturally, the benefits of adding a dip belt to your repertoire pretty much speak for themselves. In a nutshell, they allow you to add weight to lots of exercises that are already effective in and of themselves. More weight means more value gleaned from the exercise in question—something any serious strength trainer can get on board with.
Dip belts make it possible to become strong on an almost superhuman level, as they make it possible to work beyond what would normally be feasible, especially when it comes to bodyweight resistance exercises. They also work wonders when it comes to sculpting a world-class physique. That said, they’re well worth considering if you’re focused on getting really strong, really ripped, or both.
Adding Dip Belts to Your Routine
While a good dip belt isn’t necessarily a solid fit for every exercise, it can definitely help add value to a number of key strength training moves you’re probably already doing, especially if you feel like you’ve hit the wall lately as far as your forward progress. The following are some notable examples:
As you may have gathered from their name, dip belts are most commonly used to add resistance to dips. Dips are fantastic for working your shoulders, triceps, and shoulders as you may already know. However, since they’re bodyweight exercises, you eventually reach a point where you can’t progress any further.
If you’ve successfully mastered bodyweight reps, adding a dip belt will allow you to break through that barrier and add as much weight as you like. You can make your dips even more effective by adding lifting chains to your belt.
Pull-Ups and Chin-Ups
Chin-ups and pull-ups can be seriously challenging even when you’re only working with your own body weight. However, serious strength trainers usually manage to master them sooner or later and are left without any room to grow. Dip belts are a great way to make these classic moves tough again so that you can keep getting stronger, leaner, and more sculpted.
When performing weighted chin-ups for the first time, try working with a three-session cycle. In the first session, shoot for 10 reps with the max amount of weight you can handle. In the second session, go for the highest total number of “bodyweight only” reps you can complete. In the third, go back to what you did in the first session, but using more weight than you did the first time around.
Naturally, moves like chin-ups or dips are the most obvious choices for incorporating a dip belt into your routine. However, they’re not the only ones. It’s perfectly possible to add the benefit of a dip belt to a leg training session as well.
Try placing two aerobic steps shoulder-width apart and standing on them as you perform moves like squats. This will allow you to easily incorporate a dip belt, complete with chains, into your routine if you so desire. Try this with barbell back squats, hip belt squats, and more. (Hip belt squats are an especially good fit for those who don’t want to overload their spinal columns.)
If you’re unsure as to whether or not a dip belt is a good fit for a given exercise, be sure to first consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for the belt you own. Avoid using it in tandem with any moves that aren’t recommended. You’ll also want to avoid adding more weight to your belt than it’s specifically built to handle. Otherwise, you’re free to use yours to add weight and boost effectiveness in regards to many of your go-to bodyweight exercises. Get started today!