Originally Posted by justanothagirl
It's like you know, like those electrical shocks you get when you touch a person. Only without the electricity. But it's like ahhh for half a second then you automatically let go and the pain is gone. And like, I get them every frigging time I do tricep dips (they're new in our BodyPump routine). Anyways none of my instructors know what it is so I thought I'd ask on here. It's really scary should I give my triceps a rest for a week before I start doing Tricep extensions and presses again? Cos those I had never had trouble with and it's not like it hurts. Do my triceps need rest? Because they don't feel damage but how can they not be after such a big shock and I have bodypump about twice a week and for the last 4 times I tried doing it each class I end up getting a shock after about 20 seconds so I decided not to do them again but should I give my triceps a rest from the other exercises as well? Are they damaged? This is sooooooooooo freaky I've never had any feeling like this and I've been doing weight training for like 2 years now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I do dips. I've learned they must be done exactly right or else. For example, your grip must not be too wide or you can put too much stress on ligaments and joints which could cause alot of pain (not the good sore muscle type pain but real pain). The shoulder joint, elbow joint and wrist joint should end up ailigned at the top movement. Also, no dipping too low (hyperextension); usually having the shoulder at or only very slightly below the elbow at the downward end of the movement is enough to work the muscles. Also, not too much leaning forward, only slightly. And of course, no jerking/swinging.
One guy at the gym told me us women have smaller circumference and density in our wrists so we should be cautious with dips and remember to decompress the wrist before each set by slight pulling of the hand.
Anyway, so far by following these rules I have not had any problems (except one time I didn't pay attention to the no wide grip rule and was in some ligament pain for awhile....never again!)
So take a break and you could try again later, or the other version of dips might be ok too; I find them effective as well.