Are dips enough for chest?

You wonder if dips for chest are enough? Can you fully train your chest with this exercise alone or should you do additional exercises? After reading this article, you will know if dips are enough for your chest workout, when it makes sense to do additional exercises and which ones are best for it.

Whether dips are enough for chest depends on your training plan. If you do a full body workout, the chest is already sufficiently stressed by dips. If you do a split workout, you can do additional exercises for the chest.

Full body workout

In a full-body workout, the chest is already sufficiently stressed by dips. As an alternative to dips, you can also do bench presses or a variation of the bench press such as incline bench press. Doing more than one chest exercise in a full body workout will cause recovery problems in most cases. Therefore, no isolation exercise for the chest is necessary in a total body workout.

Split training

With a split workout you can use the chest much more than with a full body workout. While one exercise is sufficient for a full-body workout, you can do several exercises for the chest during split training. You can also use different angles to work the upper, middle and lower part of the chest. Other chest exercises you can do include bench press, incline bench press, flyes and pullovers.


Depending on the training plan you have, you can do more or less chest exercises. In a full body workout, dips for chest are enough. In a split workout, you can stress the chest with additional exercises. Other chest exercises you can do include bench presses, incline bench presses, flyes and pullovers.

Did this article help you plan your chest workout? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments, I look forward to exchanging ideas with you. If you have any other questions about dips, feel free to ask me there as well, I’m happy to help!

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