my problem is some of my body (left side) muscles like chest, thighs, biceps and triceps are smaller than the same muscle on the right side, i need to know why and how i can fix this please.
10-09-2011, 01:21 PM #1
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10-10-2011, 12:03 PM #6
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I tried working with DB's almost exclusively for about a year and the imbalance never seemed to level out. I just gave up and figure it is what it is. The biggest annoyance for me recently is the extreme difference between my left and right Lat. Maybe I should go back to the DB's as it seems to be getting worse. Interestingly enough, though my left arm is quite a bit smaller, it appears to be stronger when I do single arm exercises.
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And, weaker doesn't necessarily mean smaller muscles, you can be weaker on one side for a number of reasons ( like nerves being shut down ). Also, if by looking in the mirror it looks like one side is smaller than the other, many times it's a structural issue and not that the muscles are actually smaller or weaker. IMHO you should have structural issues address to correct the real problem, trying to train one side more or less than the other will not correct structural issues.
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10-10-2011, 12:49 PM #9
Still does not explain the opposite on my lower body again almost 3/4" in my quad....but....oh well. I really am the only one that notices...unless I point it out.
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10-01-2013, 07:26 AM #11
I seem to have this sort of problem. But mine is actually the lentgh of my lat. like from my head to the end of my shoulder on the left side is approx 1 inch different (longer)than the right side. I am right handed if that makes a difference and I played baseball for 13 years and It seems more noticable since i started really working out last year. I was wondering what I could do to fix this. Just seems like the right side is so much shorter and needs to be longer....
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I would be able to at this point in my journey be able to focus the energy to a weaker side when performing barbell movements. I doubt a newbie would have the mind muscle connection to do that.
Every time I have trained someone and
noticed a weak side on bench. Getting them to slow down and focus on dumbbells for a few weeks, always either corrects it or helps it greatly.
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Due to a couple different injuries my left leg is over an inch smaller than my right and significantly weaker. I've done a lot of unilateral work and it's helped. At one time my left leg was close to 2" smaller so doing split squats and steps ups, walking lunges and single leg leg presses have helped. I'm gonna keep after it and see how close I can get them. My arms are the same size but the bicep on my left arm is bigger than my right and my right triceps is bigger than my left but both arms measure the same. I dislocated my left shoulder when I was 10 and when they set it they set it a little twisted and my rear delt on my left shoulder is very small compared to my right. That's the biggest difference I see in my body.
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Try switching your barbell exercises for dumbbells! Your left side might be dominant and taking over the majority of the work during your exercises. Using dumbbells instead of barballes for things like bench press and shoulder presses will force each side of your body to take on the same amount of work!
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Still, I do feel a little better knowing I am not the only one. with this kind of problem.
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01-13-2015, 03:29 AM #18
I'm pretty new to weight lifting, I've been training for just over 2 months now. Am 183cm tall and weighed about 62kg. Now I weigh around 68-69kg. I work out 4-5 times a week and the entire left side of my upper body is bigger (bicep, tricep, shoulder, lat, pect) I train my body equally and although my right arm is smaller it tends to be stronger..?
I've gathered that the best way is to do a couple more reps with the smaller side to try and equalise the size problem. Any other suggestions?
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I just find that my left side "fires" less. That is, I don't seem to mentally connect with it as well. It's often just as strong (but not always), yet it's almost always smaller in the limbs.I don't lift weights, I flex under duress.
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