How to even up your pecs?

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    Jul 27, 2011 10:47 PM GMT
    I know it's normal to have slight asymmetry but my right pec looks much less developed than my left. I figured in the past this is because I am right hand dominant and my stronger arms carries more of the weight. I do dumbell chest presses.

    Before I freak out about having part of my lower right pec missing, what can I do to help the right catch up with the left?

    Cheers in advance!
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    Jul 28, 2011 3:51 AM GMT
    http://www.bodybuildingsecrets.com/articles/symmetry_how_to_develop_a_classical_body_shape.php

    Read this, its all about symmetry.
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    Jul 28, 2011 4:23 AM GMT
    I switch hands ...
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    Jul 28, 2011 12:11 PM GMT
    That article is interesting an I get it. It doesn't really tell you how to deal with assymetric muscles. I know it is pec minor I need to work on but how do you even things up? Should I use a heavier weight on the left? I know I shouldn't necessarily do this, therefore what should I do?

    And regarding switching hands, I'm ambidextrous and do that already.
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    Jul 28, 2011 12:16 PM GMT
    gaviscon1978 said Should I use a heavier weight on the left?


    NO!!

    The answer to a muscle imbalance is not to train your imbalance. In fact, what you want to do is build your chest to the point that they are balanced.

    I would suggest you really rely on dumbbells until you feel better about it.... that will allow you to catch the weaker side up. And go heavy... if you want a big chest, you need to really tax the muscle and the bigger your chest gets, (provided you are using correct form and not enabling your imbalances) the less noticable the lack of symmetry will be.

    A lack of symmetry on a 42" chest is noticable... a lack of symmetry on a 56" chest is ... DAMN.... Look at that CHEST!
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    Jul 28, 2011 4:36 PM GMT
    Cheers for the reply dude. I'm using dumbells and know not to over train one side. The trouble is I can lift the same weight on each side, but I think my right arm compensates for the smaller right pec. Started doing assisted dips today and going to gradually ease up on the assist part. Any other exercises that isolate the pecs and remove the influence of the arms?
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    Jul 28, 2011 6:24 PM GMT
    Flyes... flyes are great for evening up the pecs... they also help strengthen the chest in a fuller range of motion so that you can press more weight.

    Just use a safe amount of weight and get a full range of motion. Remember, the motion is like "hugging a tree". Elbows slightly bent so that the dumbells/handles move in a semicircle like you are hugging a tree.