Construction and Muscular Symmetry

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    May 26, 2011 6:08 AM GMT
    I'm working construction again this year, something that I really love, but by the time school starts, I usually notice that certain muscles are larger than their bilateral counterparts. Being right handed, I'll use my right had to hammer, cut, saw, etc...
    For all you RJ'ers out there with physically demanding careers (or just interest in my post), How do you balance the massing and strengthening of your body when most tasks require you to only use one side of it??
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    May 26, 2011 8:09 AM GMT
    ya know what, you don't need to be symmetrical, you can have a slightly larger arm, you can have a slightly larger muscle then it's antagonist.. it's the human body.

    Otherwise, keep working out, keep listing weights..
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    May 26, 2011 10:19 AM GMT
    OP you look symetrical-no worries
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    May 26, 2011 12:39 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    lilTanker saidya know what, you don't need to be symmetrical, you can have a slightly larger arm, you can have a slightly larger muscle then it's antagonist.. it's the human body.

    Otherwise, keep working out, keep listing weights..


    Bilateral symmetry has to do with the same muscles on either side. So the bilateral muscle of a bicep is the other bicep on the other arm. The OP is concerned with one looking bigger than the other.

    Antagonistic muscles are muscles opposite of each other that perform opposing functions. For example, the biceps is the antagonist of the triceps. If the biceps contracts the triceps extends. If the triceps contracts the biceps extend.

    Yeah I know I didn't write what I had intended and wasn't paying attention to it.
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    May 26, 2011 1:02 PM GMT
    tbh only worry about this if you plan to do construction long term. The short term imbalance will be evened out once you get back to normal training, though use dumbbells over barbells to make sure the right side is not doing more work.
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    May 26, 2011 5:49 PM GMT
    You lucky bastard... I swear one day I'm going to marry a dude who works in construction. Sexiest men ever! I think I've loved construction workers since I was 3.
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    May 26, 2011 9:28 PM GMT
    when your carrying heavy buckets like plaster and things, try to lift and carry them in your left hand and save your right hand/arm for detail work. Make it a conscious habit. It worked for shooting basketball, just had to train to shoot with my left.
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    May 27, 2011 1:14 AM GMT
    Just tell people its bigger because you masturbate a lot, really intense masturbation. With weights.
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    May 27, 2011 2:35 AM GMT
    Try to work your left arm a little harder in your workouts so it keeps close symmetry to your right arm...
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    May 27, 2011 3:24 AM GMT
    PGHiccups saidJust tell people its bigger because you masturbate a lot, really intense masturbation. With weights.


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    May 27, 2011 3:48 AM GMT
    Rowers experience the same - but usually it is even more pronounced - when I rowed competitively I use to consciously over compensate a little on the side of the shoulders, back and arms that was being under utilized in the rowing

    I like the suggestion also that when safe - carry objects using the alternate hand - it's amazing how quickly the brain adapts!
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    May 27, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    ALL great suggestions! I appreciate it! I guess I'm off to buy a shake weight... icon_razz.gif
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    May 27, 2011 5:30 AM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidOP you look symetrical hot-no worries


    Fixed,

    Also, ever since I broke my arm 3 years ago, my right arm has been bigger than my left. We're talking <3/4" inch, so I'll shamelessly hijack this thread to see some more answers.
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    May 27, 2011 5:56 AM GMT
    This thread reminded me of Reggie from Lady In The Water movie.
    Whom only worked out one side of his body and was literally all buff on one side. haha

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