Dip question & isolating stubborn muscles
I got a question about dipping.
I love dipping. I’ve always favored them over bench presses. Not sure why. I’ve always understood that in order to work the chest more, one should lean forward while dipping. This is fairly easy to do when I’m not wearing any extra weight but here lies the problem: I’ve gotten to a point where I have to add 50kg to my weight belt in order for dips to become challenging again. But I noticed that when I wear a weight belt with lots of weight, I just can’t seem to lean forward. I don’t really see why, but I keep falling back to vertical position. This position is still good, but I think that variation is more for the triceps and less for the chest (and my triceps is fairly well developed and is one of these muscles I have no trouble at all making grow, unlike my ****ing chest).
Does anyone have an idea why leaning forward with weights seems so hard as soon as I wear a weight belt? Is it because I add too much weight?
Secondly, as I said, my triceps are well developed and fairly strong (I still work them through shoulder presses though) and considering I’m a hardgainer (but blessed with being a fat-burning furnace), I’m not unhappy with my forearms nor with my lats (thanks, rock climbing and pull ups!) and even though I have genetically cursed legs (thanks dad… I guess…), they still look ok and have enough strength (I still don’t skip leg day of course). But my chest and biceps… these are stubborn sons of bishes.
Is it a good idea to isolate such stubborn muscles in addition to working them through compound movements? I mean I do pull ups and dips, but would it be good to add some chest flys and barbell curls to it? I usually favor compound over isolation, but in this case, doing both, would that be ok to do?