In the market for the best portable dip bar?
Portable dip bars, also sometimes called high parallette bars, are a good addition to your home gym or garage gym.
Dips target all three heads of your triceps, plus they can be used for chest exercises and more.
Here I am going to quickly review what to look for before choosing the best portable dip station, what exercises can be done using one (hint: there are many) and review 9 of the best portable dip bars out there.
Let’s get started.
- Quick and Dirty Guide to the Best Portable Dip Bars
- Is a Portable Dip Station Really Worth Buying?
- Portable Dip Station Exercise and Workout Ideas
- TOP 9 Best Portable Dip Bars for Home Reviewed 2019
Quick and Dirty Guide to the Best Portable Dip Bars
Ok, this guide will not actually be dirty, but I promise to keep it quick.
I have used a few different styles of dip stations and dip bars, and I have discovered these 4 factors are the most important.
This one is so important; which is why I list it first.
To do dips on portable dip bars you must bend your knees. Unless you enjoy hitting the ground with your knees on every dip, you need to make sure the height of the unit suits you.
Generally, if the dip bars are 31” or less, they will be good for athletes under 6 feet.
If you are over 6 feet, opt for dip bars that are at least 33” or preferably higher.
Width matters too.
In order to perform dips with correct form, you need to keep your arms close to your body. This is especially true if you intend to focus on the triceps.
If you want to focus on the chest, you can perform dips with your hands slightly away from the body.
Either way, the length of your arms is also a factor. If you are a petite woman, dip bars that are fixed far apart will not serve you well.
Honestly, dip stations with angled handles, or those that have an adjustable with are best.
3. Max Weight Limit
Check the max weight limit on the portable dip station before pulling the trigger on your purchase.
The less the max weight usually means the more wobble it will have as you use it.
Knurled handles, suspension trainers and weighted resistance style belts are all examples of extras these portable dip stations may have.
A suspension trainer adds so much versatility and utility to your dip station, making it a more valuable investment.
Is a Portable Dip Station Really Worth Buying?
Is a portable dip station a good investment?
You may get more utility out of a Complete dip station or tower power, and if you decide to head that direction take a look at our best power towers here.
Power towers can be used for more exercises, but they do have their drawbacks.
First, they are considerably more expensive. While many portable dip bars can be had for under 100 dollars, and even less than 50 dollars for a few, power towers usually cost double or triple that.
Portable dip stations are also smaller and easier to store out of the way, in addition to being a lot shorter.
Something to consider if you have low ceilings (think basement), live in an apartment, or have a small home or garage gym and can not spare the extra space a power tower uses.
Portable Dip Station Exercise and Workout Ideas
Learn how to target Triceps or the chest using dips
The key to targeting triceps is keeping your arms closer to the body. This is why dip stations with angles handles, or dip stations that have an adjustable width, will allow you to change the distance apart you have your hands.
To target the chest, the opposite is true. You need to have your hands a little farther from your body to target the chest.
Be sure to check the width of the dip station before purchasing one. Bonus points if they are angled or otherwise adjustable.
What other exercises can portable dip bars be used for, besides dips?
Elevated Push ups:
Prop both feet up on one of the bars and get into push up position. Elevating your feet makes the pushup even more challenging.
You can also use this position for extended and bent arm planks by holding your arms in either an extended or bent position for a minute at a time.
Or really challenge your arms by alternating between extending and bending your arms during the plank.
Looking for a whole body workout?
This fast paced two minute video (below) quickly demonstrates a Complete Dip Bar Workout for the Whole Body.
The demo includes agility moves, body weight exercises, triceps, chest, and plyometric moves.
There really is a lot you can do with a piece of equipment as simple and inexpensive as portable dip bars.
TOP 9 Best Portable Dip Bars for Home Reviewed 2019
That concludes my review of the best portable dip bars.
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