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Walking with Weights
by: Lee

Hi, Don. You are right! Exercises like tyre flips can be fantastically helpful when building strength and conditioning. Like you, I am a fan of Farmer's Walks, and agree with strongman coach Dan John when he says, "they'll change your life!"

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PARALLEL BAR DIP
by: DON ROONEY

I KNOW WORKING OUT IS A PERSONAL CHOICE.ALSO WHAT
LEVEL OF SPORT YOU ARE INVOLVED WITH.PARALLEL
BAR DIPS,AND PULLUPS ARE FOR ANYONE TO IMPROVE
HIS OR HER WORKOUTS.MILITARY WORKOUTS AS WELL.
MY WORKOUTS ARE MILITARY BODY STRENGTH WORKOUTS.
OLYMPIC LIFTING,COMBINED WITH POWERLIFTING,TIRE FLIPS,FARMERSWALK.THIS HELPED ME OVERALL FOR THE
SCOTTISH GAMES (HEAVY EVENTS).
KEEP STRONG,
DR

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Weighted Dips are the Best for the Chest
by: Anonymous

Hi Pete!

I am in favor of weighted dips anytime, anywhere. Marvin Eder performed weighted dips with an additional 434 lbs weight, but if we add his bodyweight, then he totaled around 632 lbs. Usually the ratio for the bench press is 80-85% of your maximal rep used on weighted dips.

Pat Cassey Bench Press was also around 80-85% of the weight used on the dips.

Train your weighted dips 2 x per week using a 5x5 protocol or moderate number of sets 5-6 sets of 5-6 reps.

Vince Gironda praised the Dips too. Old School = Golden Rule.

In prison most of the inmates who are training - and for them the training is like a religion - will perform pull-ups and weighted dips rather than bench press.



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Marvin Eder Bench Press - 515 pounds
by: Lee

Hi Pete,

A Marvin Eder bench press of 515 pounds is certainly something to shoot for, but you're right, a parallel bar dip of 434 pounds is truly staggering!

So how did Marvin Eder do it? The story goes that Eder had two guys hanging off his legs in the gym while he completed the dip exercise. Amazing!

And to answer your second question: changing from the bench press to the dip exercise is something well worth your consideration. Why? The parallel bar dip - for those who are able to perform it - targets more muscle than its bench pressing cousin. Consider how the dip has been likened to the squat as the king of exercises for the upper body, and you can understand why this exercise is worthy of your effort and time.

Unlikely any of us can ever come close to reaching the above figures, but it certainly provides some inspiration, don't you think?

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