Pec Symmetry

  • ajw18

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    May 02, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    I have been making some gains on my chest, but I am having some problems with symmetry. The lower ridge and the meatier region under my left nipple is not as developed as my right. My right pec has a fuller and more squared off shape. This is becoming more noticeable through my shirts too!

    I do bench presses with dumbbells on incline and flat benches. In between sets, I will max out doing a variety of different push ups as well. Sometimes I will do some dips to work the lower pecs.

    I know that this is a cliche topic, but I have been using dumbbells specifically to avoid this problem!

    Any tips and help would be greatly appreciated.
  • TexanMan82

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    May 02, 2009 5:40 PM GMT
    The shape of your pecs is genetically determined. There's nothing you can do to change the actual shape. Mine, too, are not symmetrical. It annoys me, but there's nothing I can do about it.

    The only thing you can do is continue to put mass on them. You're probably the only one who notices a difference. Plus, once pecs are big and meaty, who cares if one is shaped a little bit different than the other?
  • ajw18

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    May 02, 2009 10:08 PM GMT
    Thanks for the response. I understand that a lot of it does do with genetics, but I feel like this is almost a development problem? Perhaps my form when bench pressing is off somehow?
  • TexanMan82

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    May 05, 2009 2:05 AM GMT
    It could be. Have someone knowledgeable watch your form and look for any areas where you could be cheating. Is your weaker-developed side's lat larger than the other? You are probably using more of your back on that particular side.

    Just make sure your shoulder blades are pulled back and you are mentally connected with your pecs as you lift.

    Other than what I told you, there's not much else to do besides keep lifting heavy with a variety of chest movements, eat, and sleep.
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    May 05, 2009 2:16 AM GMT
    ......Not to be confused with "Pet Cemetery". icon_twisted.gif
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    May 06, 2009 4:50 AM GMT
    Asymmetry is normal.

    Unless you have a congenital defect, have had an injury, or train real stupid, it'll fix itself given that you do independent movement dumbbell exercises through a full range of motion.
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    May 06, 2009 4:59 AM GMT
    Dur... I'm not sure if it works the same for men too - but women's breasts are hardly ever the same size / symmetrical?

    Having had dozens of nude models though... i've always seen it in the women, almost never in men though - i wonder if there's any correlation?

    Is it a _NOTICEABLE_ difference or are you playing with yourself too much? ;P
  • ajw18

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    May 06, 2009 9:58 PM GMT
    Playing with myself? haha. It might have to do with the fact that I also max out doing various push-ups in between sets. Perhaps I am leaning too much on one side? It is not just the shape of my left side that is different, but also the fullness, which is why I assumed it was a training/form thing.
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    May 08, 2009 2:10 AM GMT
    some push ups?
  • Hunkymonkey

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    May 09, 2009 7:38 AM GMT
    make sure the movements are moving identically for both sides of your chest.