Uneven growth

  • Pexus

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    Sep 13, 2011 7:44 PM GMT
    I am right handed and have just come back from a gym session. I hit my chest and shoulders but noticed that my right shoulder is smaller than my left in both volume and size. This seems odd as I defer to my right hand for most things. Am I doing something wrong or is it an ageing thing (I'm 57). I do have some neck problems but generally these don't stop me lifting weights correctly.

    Any ideas guys?

    Thanks

    Paul
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Sep 13, 2011 8:31 PM GMT
    Can you post a picture. My str8 gym bud is always asking me if he looks uneven. He doesn't look uneven at all and I totally check him out, even though he knows I'm gay. I think he just thinks hes uneven but everyone is their worst critic.
    If it is uneven just do a couple of extra sets or increase the weights until it looks even.
    Even if it is uneven, unless it looks odd nobody will notice.
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    Sep 13, 2011 9:49 PM GMT
    Everyone has an asymmetrical body (a stronger/weaker and stiffer/flexible hemisphere of the body). Some people's asymmetries are more exaggerated than others and over time can begin to cause problems (I see it every day in my job). Although I am not a weight lifter, I would recommend strengthening the longer side of your body (e.g., if your right shoulder naturally sits above your left shoulder, then your left side-body is stronger because it is contracting more. Therefore, you need to focus on building strength on your right side and stretching your left side).

    Like I said, this is how we approach asymmetries in yoga... I'm sure bodybuilders have their own MO.

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    Sep 13, 2011 11:07 PM GMT
    Mixleanmachine saidCan you post a picture. My str8 gym bud is always asking me if he looks uneven. He doesn't look uneven at all and I totally check him out, even though he knows I'm gay. I think he just thinks hes uneven but everyone is their worst critic.
    If it is uneven just do a couple of extra sets or increase the weights until it looks even.
    Even if it is uneven, unless it looks odd nobody will notice.


    Did you check his nuts to be even ? ;)
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Sep 13, 2011 11:40 PM GMT
    Haha no, but I'm pretty sure he wouldn't mind if I took a look. The day after I told him I was gay he didn't mind changing with me in the swimming pool locker room. ;)
  • Pexus

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    Sep 14, 2011 12:34 AM GMT
    Mixleanmachine saidHaha no, but I'm pretty sure he wouldn't mind if I took a look. The day after I told him I was gay he didn't mind changing with me in the swimming pool locker room. ;)


    Why should he? If he's comfortable in his own skin he shouldn't be bothered about yours, unless you want him to be, of course! lol

    I will try and post a picture but I notice it most when lifting dumbbells while exercising my shoulders....
  • Pexus

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    Sep 14, 2011 12:43 AM GMT
    I should also have said 'thanks' to the guys who posted information too. I am sure I would have noticed this before now. Like I said my right arm is normally the stronger one. It just seems so strange that it has switched to be my left.

    Paul
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    Sep 14, 2011 12:53 AM GMT
    Pexus saidI should also have said 'thanks' to the guys who posted information too. I am sure I would have noticed this before now. Like I said my right arm is normally the stronger one. It just seems so strange that it has switched to be my left.

    Paul


    It could be your neck problem, increasing or decreasing base line muscular tonicy in your left or right arm.
    Also, even if you are right handed, you likely carry luggages etc.. using the left hand to keep the smoking/telephoning/groping hand available ;-)
    I would not worry to much about it, unless :
    * you feel one side significantly weaker than the other
    * you feel some sort of local numbness ot tension on one side
    * It wasn't like that before
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    Oct 15, 2011 8:15 AM GMT
    I had a back injury that caused me to grow unevenly on my right side. My chiropractor did a scan and I had lost 40% neural activity on the right side of my upper body. This was due to pinched nerves. The adjustments helped. But for years I've avoided working with barbells. I use dumbbells because it forces my arms to lift the weight independently. If I were to use a bar my left side would do most of the work. I also don't use machines that don't allow both sides of my body to work independently.
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    Oct 15, 2011 8:20 AM GMT
    I have a similar problem, but for me growth isn't the issue. My left arm is much stronger than my right arm despite the fact that I use my right arm for everything. I also notice a lot more veins in my left forearm than I do in my right, but I think my right arm is actually bigger than my left. I don't understand how the bigger arm is the weaker arm.