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Balancing up uneven sides

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2005/07/22 11:23:09 (permalink)

Balancing up uneven sides

As with most ppl my dominant side (right) is bigger than left in all respects, ie, arms, chest, back etc etc. Not a massive difference but noticeable and not just by me. I can also feel the difference when wearing fitted T-shirts.

I have been having physio for joint pain in my spine and apart from my poor posture and tight muscles the physio noticed my back has uneven development. Because my right side is bigger it is not helping my posture. One of the many things I have to do is to try and strengthen my left side to bring it into line with my right.

How should I go about this.

current back routine: deads, pull-ups, DB rows, CG chin ups.
chest/shoulder routine: DB bench, Standing press, dips.

Now on things like DB rows I am using my left as the lowest denominator so that I dont move up weight until that is 100% doing all reps with ease with perfect form. But should I perhaps go for more reps before upping the weight ???

What about chest, anything I can do specifically to help even things up ?

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    RE: Balancing up uneven sides 2005/07/22 17:03:45 (permalink)
    I had the same problem awhile back (and still do a bit) particularly in my chest and was told to switch to dumbell movements which worked a bit. I think it's important to make sure that your form is perfect in all your exercises. When i perform exercises like DB rows i work my weakest side (left) first then my right and only do what my left can.

    just my 2cents, i'm sure others here will have better advice!
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    RE: Balancing up uneven sides 2005/07/22 17:21:18 (permalink)
    cheers for that, yeah I too work my left first. However it can be difficult with DB press as I cant really see how my form is that easily.

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    RE: Balancing up uneven sides 2005/07/22 17:23:13 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: PaulSF

    I had the same problem awhile back (and still do a bit) particularly in my chest and was told to switch to dumbell movements which worked a bit. I think it's important to make sure that your form is perfect in all your exercises. When i perform exercises like DB rows i work my weakest side (left) first then my right and only do what my left can.

    just my 2cents, i'm sure others here will have better advice!


    Similar problems here, and i have the same fix, if i tire after the 5th dumbell on the left, and i still feel like i have 2 left in the right i wont do them.
    I work mainly with dumbells anyway so hopefully i can get back on track on both sides!
    There isnt much difference but i always spot it

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    RE: Balancing up uneven sides 2005/07/22 19:17:19 (permalink)
    I still dont see how dumbells even out imbalance over a barbell unless yoo lift the bar crooked or dont hold it directly in the middle.
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    RE: Balancing up uneven sides 2005/07/22 20:32:23 (permalink)
    IMO I dont think your right side will always be bigger, your body grows in proportions

    At some point your left will catch up. just keeping bench pressing big weights

    "Always act as though it were impossible to fail."

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    RE: Balancing up uneven sides 2005/07/22 21:02:03 (permalink)
    As long as you are lifting the same weights and the same reps on each side, things will catch up, one thing to pay particular attention to is the reps... if for example you can only manage 5 reps on your weaker, smaller side, take a short rest and then complete the required amount of reps for that set. If you continue this over time the weaker side will catch up, this is infact the technique sports therapists and physiotherapists use to rehab muscles following injury. As long as you are doing the same things on both sides, you will even out!
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