Adding weight to dips and chins

Discussion in 'Hypertrophy-Specific Training (HST)' started by SweetDaddyPatty, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. SweetDaddyPatty

    SweetDaddyPatty New Member

    I'm sure you are all familiar with these, it looks like a weight belt but instead of a buckle there is a length of chain on which to hang plates to add weight to chins, dips etc. I used to see them all the time but never had any use for them, but now that I have gotten stronger the gym I'm at doesn't have one.

    I want to incorporate chins and dips into my next HST cycle so I need one of these.

    I just wonder where I can purchase one, and what is the technical name for these belts so I can search online?
  2. dkm1987

    dkm1987 New Member

  3. SweetDaddyPatty

    SweetDaddyPatty New Member

    that's the name I was looking for! Thanks!
  4. bskp

    bskp New Member

    Dip belts are great, but you could also hold a dumbell between your ankles.
  5. Lol

    Lol Super Moderator Staff Member

    As a temprary measure until my gym gets a dip belt, I use two lifting belts buckled together in a loop. I can hang a dumbell from this loop whilst the belt is hanging round my lowerback just like a dip belt does. It works great except that the dbs are the other end of the gym to the dip bars!
  6. quadancer

    quadancer New Member

    I use a spring clip, permanently in the buckle of my belt, to attach another spring clip to with a short chain on it. I loop the chain thru the plates and hang them from the buckle. I'm up to 75 lbs now with no problems; it feels about like a dip belt, but they are a bit more comfortable.
    I used to bend a leg and put a dumbell behind the knee...but that's hard to do with a 70+ lb. DB!
  7. mostlyallan

    mostlyallan New Member

    I lost the clip for my dip belt and decided to use a clip from a suitcase strap. Its holding pretty well so far.
  8. A backpack has worked fine for me. I am going to start wearing it backward for dips. Pulling to the rear changes the angle a little much, taking the emphasis of the chest.
  9. I got one of those dip belts for myself and my brother about 2 months ago. It's kind of a pain in the ass to put it on and take it off if you're working out with a partner and have to switch while other one rests.

    and another thing, it's pretty hard to put it on if the weights on it go something like 35lb + 5lb + 2.5lb, since you have to hold all 3 weights with one hand while using another one to slide the belt up to your waistline.... can't wait til I start doing 45 + 10 + 5 + 2.5... [​IMG]

    is there a better alternative? [​IMG]
  10. style

    style New Member

    Iv woven together a dip belt using a unicorns mane.
  11. Old and Grey

    Old and Grey Super Moderator Staff Member

    I do the same as Quad. I have had over 90 pounds on it with no problem. It cost me less than $3.00 for the chain and two spring clips and have used it for over 6 years now.

    As for putting it on, I simply put the plates on the floor standing up and slip the chain thru them with the chain already attached to the belt. I then squat down to fasten the belt around my waist. Or, you can put the chain and weights on top of a bench and then you don't have to bend as much to put the belt on.
  12. quadancer

    quadancer New Member

    I set my plate stack atop my weight tree, which has two 2x4 uprights, leaving the holes free to drop the chain thru. It's at waist height too, so I just clip 'em on.
    When I was at the gym, I would lay them on a bench and pick up one side of the stack while dropping the chain thru.

    If you can't pick that up, you don't need to be trying to LIFT it! [​IMG]
  13. Yeah, i guess putting the stack on a bench would kinda help. [​IMG]

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