getting and staying symmetrical

  • djohnsen

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    Dec 08, 2010 7:55 PM GMT
    I am sort of new to weight lifting, I've notice that one side of my body isnt staying proportionate to its opposing side. What can I do to make sure I gain muscle symmetrically. What do I do to fix what has already gone wrong? l
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    Dec 09, 2010 12:03 AM GMT
    djohnsen saidI am sort of new to weight lifting, I've notice that one side of my body isnt staying proportionate to its opposing side. What can I do to make sure I gain muscle symmetrically. What do I do to fix what has already gone wrong? l


    Your body isn't symmetrical. You have a dominant and non dominant side. Dominant side will be more muscular. In some people, its noticeable. In others, not so much. Not something to worry about.
  • camfer

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    Dec 09, 2010 12:25 AM GMT
    No one is perfectly symmetrical, and in fact perfect symmetry would look really weird. It's nothing to get crabby about. For upper body exercises use dumbbells instead of barbells so each side gets the same amount of stimulus.

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    Dec 09, 2010 12:38 AM GMT
    Asymmetry is normal. As you continue to perform resistance training, it'll fix itself.
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    Dec 11, 2010 4:17 AM GMT
    I agree, a little asymmetry is normal. Since I am right handed, my left arm seems to lag behind a bit. I have improved the strength aspect of it by making sure to work in exercises that isolate each arm. For example, for my biceps, I do a decent amount of dumbbell curls as opposed to barbell curls. This way, my right arm can't make up for any strength my left arm is lacking. Also, I start off reps with my left arm and once it gives out, I stop completely, even when my right arm could keep going.
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    Dec 11, 2010 4:27 AM GMT
    You can try using dumbbells instead of barbells- and do the "single" version of most exercises to avoid overusing your 'dominate side.'
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    Dec 11, 2010 6:20 PM GMT
    being unbalanced is where most people are at, but it IS something you should work to correct. It won´t ever be perfect, but you should take serious steps to make it as unnoticeable as possible. Dumbbells instead of bars is a very good step, as is MENTALLY initiating on your weak side. Proportion and balance actually are FAR more important to aesthetics than size.
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    Dec 11, 2010 8:33 PM GMT
    Chances are, you're probably obsessing and exaggerating your asymmetry. If that's the case, stop obsessing. Otherwise, see a doc because major asymmetry isn't normal.