body symmetry ?

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    Sep 13, 2007 8:21 AM GMT

    I started to lift weights more than a year ago...
    and i have the problem of one side of the body is bigger than the other ..
    for example my left side of my chest is a bit bigger and rounder than the right side .. the when i stopped training the left side and started to focus only on the right side it didn't got any bogger ..
    and when i train both of them equally the left side gain more mass than the right and faster..

    any advises?
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    Sep 13, 2007 4:03 PM GMT
    isn't that kinda normal?
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    Sep 13, 2007 4:08 PM GMT
    Most t-shirts I wear somehow end up skewed on my torso, at least what I can tell from the tilt of the graphic on the front. Yet I don't think my body is bigger on one side and my shoulders are level. It's really strange.
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    Sep 13, 2007 4:11 PM GMT
    it's probably the side seams. I have a few shirts I got at Banana Republic that fit great till they were laundered. Then w/ the shrinkage they're sorta diagonal
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    Sep 13, 2007 4:26 PM GMT

    well .. the problem that in my case it's kinda noticable even without a shirt with a graphic ..
    i'm afraid that if i train these muscles more the difference will be more noticable.. :(
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    Sep 18, 2007 6:30 PM GMT

    i tried protien shakes and trained the right muscle hard but i don't see any results .. later i figured out that the right musce is stronger than the left one which has more mass..
    do you have any suggestions ?? or maybe it happened to someone before ..plz help!!
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    Sep 18, 2007 6:47 PM GMT
    I think everyone is asymmetrical to some degree. The way my trainer and I deal with it is to make sure that the stronger side is never worked out more than the weaker side. So, on exercises where one side is worked at a time, I always start with the weaker side and let the weaker side determine the rep count for both sides. That means the weaker side works out to exhaustion and the stronger side does not. And, where the asymmetry is visibly noticeable, I'll actually do some extra exercise on just the weaker side.
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    Sep 18, 2007 7:30 PM GMT
    that's what i do .. but what i said is that the weaker side is bigger than the stronger!! and i tried to work only on the smaller side .. i'v doing this for more than a week .. and nothing changes ..(I train daily)
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    Sep 18, 2007 8:26 PM GMT
    are yuo using dumbells as opposed to barbells and more free weights than machines?

    Funny enough I find that a weaker arm actually builds muscle quicker on a bulk than the stronger arm, dont ask me why I suppose its proportionate to ability
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    Sep 18, 2007 10:18 PM GMT

    hmm.. i think you are right ...
    do ya think that barbells and dumbells can be helpful in that case ?? I mean they all based on weights including machines..
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    Sep 18, 2007 10:29 PM GMT
    I train my clients who have pronounced assymetries with a combination of dumbbells and machines like the ISO- series of Hammer equipment that have independently operating sides. The body, if allowed to do so, will make an imbalance WORSE, rather than better, over time, as the stronger side takes up more of the load and grows, and the weaker side coasts, and becomes even weaker.

    Generally in a given individual the larger side is the stronger. GHoSTa, if it appears you not that way, I wonder if perhaps there are slight differences in the way you execute exercises on the two sides - a slight twist or a rotation of the shoulder can cause differences in the way the muscles are used - or even which muscles are used in a press, for example.

    Joey, NSCA-CPT
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    Sep 19, 2007 6:40 AM GMT
    try to add 2.5 pounds to your bench press or dumbell press to the weaker side. Keep adding 2.5 lbs to the weaker side until the muscle catches up with the stronger more developed side.

    Good Luck-
    Mike3
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    Sep 19, 2007 10:56 AM GMT

    why thank you ... i'll keep trying , it's too early for givin up ..
  • cdnclub

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    Sep 21, 2007 8:02 PM GMT
    I had a problem with my right bicep. It was bigger than my left bicep, but was much weaker and gave out quickly. I talked to a fitness instructor (we have good ones at my gym) and he suggested that my right arm muscle was "tighter" than my left arm and therefore was over strained. I started stretching my right arm more and now it's almost as strong as my left arm and doesn't give out like it used to. Maybe you need to stretch that area more?
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    Sep 21, 2007 10:12 PM GMT

    thx .. I wanted to hear that from someone who experinced this issue , i'll try that too ..