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    right leg bigger than the left??

    My right leg (the thigh mostly) is about 2.5 cm. bigger (wider) than my left
    what could be the cause of that and how can i train to even them out?
    i train legs on sundays and my routine consists of squats, extensions, curls and horizontal press. when i do extensions and curls for the last few weeks i have been training my left leg with one higher plate than my right on the last set, and also for the horizontal leg press. its only been about there weeks now so i dont really notice any results yet but was just wondering if this might b enough. i spoke to my doctor and she said to see how this goes for now and if theres no noticable result after a while she might look into it a lil deeper i/e send me to a very expensive physio therapist.
    would anyone have any alternative ideas?
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    Originally Posted by mickyP View Post
    My right leg (the thigh mostly) is about 2.5 cm. bigger (wider) than my left
    what could be the cause of that and how can i train to even them out?
    i train legs on sundays and my routine consists of squats, extensions, curls and horizontal press. when i do extensions and curls for the last few weeks i have been training my left leg with one higher plate than my right on the last set, and also for the horizontal leg press. its only been about there weeks now so i dont really notice any results yet but was just wondering if this might b enough. i spoke to my doctor and she said to see how this goes for now and if theres no noticable result after a while she might look into it a lil deeper i/e send me to a very expensive physio therapist.
    would anyone have any alternative ideas?
    I've always been told using dumbbells are the best way to "balance" muscles. Try front squats with dumbbells? Lunges with dumbbells are good as well.

    I think when you use a machine (or to some extent the barbell as well) your strong side can make up for your weak side. When using dumbbells both sides have to do equal work.
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    If you're a noob, just continue to train as usual; things will even out over a period of time. It's not generally a good idea to attempt to bring up the smaller side with unilateral training. To do so might leave you with a worse imbalance than you have now.


    If you've been training for more than 12-18 months or so, and have seen no improvement, you might want to see a Sports Medicine specialist.
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