Why does the middle of my chest feel like it's going to explode when I'm doing dips? It also keeps hurting for a while after I'm done
I used to have the same thing. It gets worse the more I lean forward. The thing that is hurting is the where your sternum is connected to your ribs. I never figured out how to solve this problem, eventually had an inflammation of the sternum for a while. So I just don't do dips. I actually like this exercise, but I just do something else instead, whatever.
Don't do dips. Some people simply cannot do them without fucking up their shoulders or feeling pain in the sternum.
It's not even that good of an exercise. Do closegrip bench instead.
Might be symptoms of costocondritis starting up. Warm up before dips.
I got this when I was doing bw+3plate dips, sternum would crack when I stretched and bother me throughout the day. Had to stop for a few months, and slowly get back to it. Just dont go crazy on the weight or rep increments. Go slow and warm up.
How long have you been lifting? If your just starting it could be that body weight is to much (no shame in that l, gotta crawl before you can squat)
If so you should do this to build up to real dips