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2007/06/18 13:27:00 (permalink)
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Uneven chest development

Hi,
Im pretty new to weight training and so far have been muddling along by reading some books and with a bit of advice from friends.

Ive come up against a problem and i wondered if anyone here had any help or tips they could offer.

I had been training for about 3 months or so and I started to notice that my chest was not developing evenly.
The left side was much more pronounced and defined than the right.
I am right handed and I have had problems with my right shoulder and right side of my neck for the last 4 years since I was in car accident and suffered slight whiplash.
I have seen physios and osteopaths over the years and they (as far as i can recall) said that there was a problem with a muscle that appeared not to have healed correctly, and i think that they said it may have restricted my range of movement slightly (my memory of it all is very hazy!)

Most of the time my shoudler is fine. But after a long drive or if i have been working at a PC for any length of time i can start to notice a bit of a niggling pain.

In the gym i have been using the seated chest press and began to notice that my left side was doing much more of the work than my right?
I guess that this would account for the over development on that side?
I was also using a pec dec some of the time.
I have never used free weights.

So really am looking for some advice on how i can get even chest development?
Perhaps i need to strengthen my shoudlers first?
I really do have no idea what to do!

I havent been training for the last 3 weeks due to illness and my shoulder playing up (not related to training but to doing too much driving!) so once i get back to it im going to have to start pretty much back at the beginning?

Any help or advice would really be appreciated.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

Chris.

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    Squill
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    RE: Uneven chest development 2007/06/18 13:45:28 (permalink)
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    try using DB's for flys/benching - as you have to use each muscle on their own, should give you a more balanced look.

    How big is diff between the two? most people have one slightly bigger than the other, for most muscle groups

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    RE: Uneven chest development 2007/06/19 13:08:31 (permalink)
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    Hi,
    Thanks for taking the time to reply.
    There is a definite difference between the left and right.
    For some reason i would have expected the right side to be the larger as this is my "dominant" side as i am right handed? Or does this not follow?
    I think i was concerened that it was the past injury that was causing the weakness.

    Thanks for the tip on using DB's, i guess it makes sense as they are independent unlike the bars on the seated chest press where the left side can compensate for the weakness on the right.

    Thanks
    Chris.
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    skinnyoriental
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    RE: Uneven chest development 2007/06/19 15:17:41 (permalink)
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    happens to me too, i made a thread about this a few months ago and a few others experience the same thing, and it is always the left side
    post edited by skinnyoriental - 2007/06/19 15:20:32
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    RE: Uneven chest development 2007/06/19 23:08:05 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Laughing_Man

    How big is diff between the two? most people have one slightly bigger than the other, for most muscle groups


    Yeah true, i think nearly all of my muscle groups are slightly bigger/smaller than each other, don't think there is anyone who's got perfect muscles each side.
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    RE: Uneven chest development 2007/06/19 23:10:56 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: TheBlackLodge

    For some reason i would have expected the right side to be the larger as this is my "dominant" side as i am right handed? Or does this not follow?


    Yeah same hear m8, im left handed and my right side is slightly bigger. Would of thought it would of been the other way round.
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    RE: Uneven chest development 2007/06/20 14:52:45 (permalink)
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    maybe weaker arms mean chest muscles have to work harder on your weak arm side as bench is a mixture of chest and tricep delts

    some people have said that it evens itself out after a while, but ive yet to see this
    post edited by skinnyoriental - 2007/06/20 14:53:56
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