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2005/08/02 11:16:21 (permalink)
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Traps - Updated with pics

I have been working on my traps quite often recentley but I have noticed that my left one is much bigger than the right one and I struggle to tense the right one properly without additional weight.

It seems weird as my right arm, leg etc are stronger than the left. I have also noticed this in a few other peoples pictures.

Does anyone know a possible reason for this?
post edited by j28 - 2005/08/13 18:36:48
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    jayfromsurrey
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    RE: Traps 2005/08/02 19:13:23 (permalink)
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    hey man, ive got the same!! right trap is bigger than left trap! thought i was deformed!! lol
    and my right arm is stronger than left! and my right hand is sloightly bigger too! only slightly tho not mutant level!! ha ha

    come on guys any explanations????????
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    j28
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    RE: Traps 2005/08/02 19:54:06 (permalink)
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    you say that but it's my left that is biger when everything else is my right.

    I spoke to another mate tonight who said the exact same thing before I even told him about it.

    I said how my traps hurt today fom yesturday and he said his left was bigger and he can't tense his right one properly. Same as me

    Baffled!
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    RE: Traps 2005/08/02 20:42:54 (permalink)
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    i know with me personally, since my left arm isn't as strong as my right, my form suffers when doing curls. I notice that i raise my left shoulder slightly when curling to help the weight up. I am training to fix this problem. Just a thought.

    -Dave
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    RE: Traps 2005/08/02 22:17:31 (permalink)
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    I wouldn't worry about it too much...

    Just make sure ur doing both sides with the same form. I know a couple of people who used to have uneven traps (including me). It just went away with time and good form.

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    RE: Traps 2005/08/03 00:02:57 (permalink)
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    Cool...Im not worried about it really. Just wondered why thats all.

    Im currently doing 40kg each side on traps and progress is coming along nicely. Im using one of the machine bench press for this, standing over it with 40 either side.
    I find this better than dumbells or barbells as I find the movement more difficult with those
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    RE: Traps 2005/08/07 01:24:30 (permalink)
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    hey j28,

    have you ever damaged / injured your shoulder?

    A major shoulder problem left me with the exact same problem. It took over 18 to months to recover and even then the shoulder/trap was left with a weakness (namely getting a proper contraction). When posing only my left trap (left side my weaker side) would contract properly (???)

    It could be a possible explaination.

    stay up.
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    RE: Traps 2005/08/13 18:35:44 (permalink)
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    Ive never knowingly damaged my shoulder. You can see from this pic how they look when I tense them and my right arm is usually the strongest


    The only thing I can think of thats different with my left arm is I have three dimples that appear when I tense. You can see them here just about. Not sure what they are all about?

    post edited by j28 - 2005/08/13 18:36:25
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    RE: Traps 2005/08/13 18:39:12 (permalink)
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    Wow, quite a difference. The left one looks swollen in comparison.

    As others have mentioned, form may well be key.

    If your other trap is dominant then you may not notice it taking more of the weight if you're using some form of barbell/machine. Dumbells may well be the best option.
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    RE: Traps 2005/08/13 19:00:07 (permalink)
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    I dont see any difference
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    RE: Traps 2005/08/13 19:42:38 (permalink)
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    Well there deffinatly is a difference. Maybe its the fact that I just cant tense one of them as they dont look uneven when im relaxed.

    They were like this before I really started doing any work on them so I cant see it being form. Perhaps I should just spend a little more time working the other one and leaving this one for a bit. Not sure.

    Like I say, I use a bench press machine for working the traps. I stand over the bench and grab the handles with 40KG on each side. Seems to work them rather well.
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    RE: Traps 2005/08/14 00:00:10 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: ice_mach

    I dont see any difference


    Neither do i.
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    RE: Traps 2005/08/20 22:56:07 (permalink)
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    Bro, I cant see jack....

    Just put on some masssss!
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    RE: Traps 2005/08/20 23:53:29 (permalink)
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    it's because your right ear is higher than your left

    only pulling your leg mate.

    do some rear delt work especially concentate on mind to muscle on that left hand side.
    Trap work, do some bent over barbell rows and DB lateral raises (shrug the weight through the movement so it's a tensed shrug at the top)
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    RE: Traps 2005/08/21 05:28:22 (permalink)
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    If both the traps don't feel exactly the same when you tense them then they are not tensed equally.
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    RE: Traps 2005/08/21 11:49:27 (permalink)
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    J28

    A possible explanation is that your right trap is stronger in the lower portion of the muscle pulling the scapula down or your left trap is weaker in the same area causing your scapula to protract more. You can see this yourself if you take a look at the double biceps pose and you will notice the indentation made by the border of the left scapula close to the spine, its much higher in relation to the right indentation. You can correct this by doing reverse shrugs to activate the lower traps or a modified push-up with a plus to activate the serratus, which will postively affect scapular control.

    A common problem is that upper trapezius development is far more advanced than serratus development and an imbalnce occurs. You will find this imbalance in a lot of people so its not an unusual case.

    From the front view you will also notice that your collar bone (clavicle) is lower on the right, which will affect the symmetry of the traps. Again this porblem is associated with what I mentioned above but it can also be attributed to tight muscles usually the chest area, pec major and PEC MINOR especailly on the left side, which is pulling the scapula up and forward raising the left trap higher.

    So you need to strengthen the loweer traps & serratus anterior
    Stretch the pec major and especially pec minor
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    RE: Traps 2005/08/21 12:22:19 (permalink)
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    could have a lot to do with posture bro

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    RE: Traps 2005/09/02 12:44:52 (permalink)
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    Paul76....thnaks for that reply although someof it went over my head.

    How exactly do I do the following?

    So you need to strengthen the loweer traps & serratus anterior
    Stretch the pec major and especially pec minor


    My current excercises for this area are:

    Deadlift 4x8
    Chins 4x8
    BO row 4x8
    BB curl 3x8
    Shrugs 4x8
    Bench press 4x8
    Inc DB bench 4x8
    Dips 4x8
    Tricep rope pulldown (dont know name) 4x8
    Wide grip lat pulldown 4x8
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    RE: Traps 2005/09/02 13:13:16 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: warrior1

    could have a lot to do with posture bro


    Absolutely spot on. I have a slight imbalance across the back of my shoulders/traps.

    I found out a few months ago why.

    You'll love this.

    I laughed at first, but it's because....

    I roll my right foot in slightly when I walk/run. Seriously.

    This affects my knees, and how my hips roll/move, which in turn affects the alignment of my spine. In turn this puts my shoulder joints and muscles slightly awry.

    I was being treated for something in my lower legs, and was standing 'square', when out of the blue Doc asked me 'have you ever had any problems with your shoulder?' That explanation followed, and I realised the small imbalance in size, but also how my form is different slightly on each arm on barbell exercises, although I always felt it was the same.

    I'm not unususal, honest, it's pretty common apparently!

    Dave
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    RE: Traps 2005/09/02 13:32:22 (permalink)
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    Thats another interesting and valid explanation because a foot imbalance will cause a chain reaction up through the body resulting in improper or falty adaptive biomechanics.

    J28
    To strengthen the Lower Traps think of an exercise that is the opposite to shrugs. For instance when you are at a locked out arm position doing dips just raise yourself up and down using your shoulder girdle. When doing lat pulldowns keep your arms straight and pull the weight down again using just your shoulder girdle. Its a small movement but very effective, a lot of weight can be handled doing these exercises.

    For the serratus do a regular push up but at the top of the movement push another little bit to seperate the shoulder blades again the movement comes from the shoulder girdle. This can also be done on any angle bench with the arms in a locked out position, just press the weight up and down using only the movement available in the shoulder girdle.

    Look up PRESS-UP PLUS
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