We use the term 'Gymnastics' to talk about all exercises that involve manipulation of our own bodyweight...there isn't an external object that needs to be controlled or moved. Squats, Lunges, Back Extensions, and pullups all fall into this category.
So do pushups.
If we take the ordinary pushup and rotate the body so it is no longer parallel to the floor but instead perpendicular with the head above the feet, we have a dip position. If we take the pushup and rotate the body perpendicular again, but this time have the feet over the head, we have a handstand pushup position. Ideally we want capacity across all 180 degrees. The pushup is indeed a versatile tool!
Some tips for your dips:
When just starting out, approach these the same way you would pullups:
-Negatives to build strength when the volume is moderately low.
-Jumping Dips when the volume is high and the exercise is in the middle of a hideous met-con monster.
-Make sure you get proper depth to insure the development of the full range of the exercise...shoulders below the elbows and arms straight at the top.
-Keep the elbows pointing backwards and the shoulders pulled back. This places the shoulder in a much nicer position with far less internal rotation of the humerus.
When was the last time you took a dip?
PS Please do not leave your used gum on the sign-in table. There will be a serious burpee penalty for that one....