I’ve been working with a client for over two years. She is 47, still quite overweight due to poor food choices, but her strength is pretty good and she is proud of herself for all her gains. We do mostly free weight exercises with dumbbells, kettle balls, HIIT, circuit training. She CANNOT do tricep dips. She keeps her fingers tented and just cannot bend her elbows. Some of it might be fear of falling, but I just can’t figure this out. She is able to do other tricep exercises without problems. Any ideas on how I can help her? thanks
My first few questions for you are 1. Does she have any shoulder injury or impingement? and 2. Is the exercise itself really necessary when there are other ways to strengthen the triceps (that are safer for the shoulder)? 3. Are you having her do body weight dips from free standing bars, sitting on a bench, or with an assisted machine?
If you are trying to have her do full body weight tricep dips, it may be too much for her, and they can place additional stain on her shoulder. They may not be the best exercise for her (I personally am not a fan of tricep dips for this reason). If she does not have any shoulder issues, you could modify the exercise by having her try them with her feet on the floor first and hands on a step/bench. She would have less body weight to start, and better control over her body versus free standing bars.
Hope this helps.