Overcoming an Asymmetrical Chest

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    Nov 11, 2007 12:51 PM GMT
    Hi there guys!

    I have been doing serious weight training for the last 10 or so months. I had a few goals in mind but my two main goals were weight gain and to balance out the strength and look of my body.

    Now the weight gain has happened I went from being 66kg and 6'2 to now being 85kg. Woo hoo for me.. however I am yet to satisfactorily rectify my other problem - my left pec seems to be a different shape to my right.

    A bit of background for you, previous to this year I had played 16yrs of Tennis and I was right handed for serving but was actually double handed on both sides. Definitely not usual for a male tennis player but it certainly confused the hell out of people when I could easily swap back and forth from being doublehanded on both sides.. to single handed on both sides.

    While initially I thought that my years of tennis and being dominant with the right hand has caused the lopsidedness of the muscles I also can tell that it seems my rib cage has a certain degree of asymmetry. I remember as a kid I did hurt my ribs quite badly one time and it hurt a lot for a while but being me I just thought I was hurt.. I didn't think I had broken ribs or anything. With this said I cannot confirm if they were in fact broken and didn't heal correctly. Also now that I have tried and tried to balance out my left pec to match my right, I'm left wondering if I can actually do this, or am I pursuing something that just cannot happen due to the structure and make up of my body?

    Has anyone else experienced this? Had any success? Or am I just wasting my time trying?

    Cheers!

    Jon
  • TexanMan82

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    Nov 11, 2007 7:33 PM GMT
    You can't change the shape of your muscles, that's determined by genetics. You can, however, change the size. I have a bit of the same problem. My right pec is a bit smaller that my left. There just isnt as much muscle when compared to my left pec. Everyone has some sort of symmetry problems.

    Just keep building size. I'm sure no one can even notice the difference but yourself. Plus, once your muscles are big, no one will even notice anything. You'll just be hot.
  • Squarejaw

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    Nov 11, 2007 7:53 PM GMT
    Let me jump in and say it before Chucky has a chance to: we really need a picture of what you're talking about to give useful advice.
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    Nov 11, 2007 10:08 PM GMT
    That's my boy. Hee hee.

    Asymmetry is completely normal. Keep lifting with unbalanced (dumbbells) exercises, and it'll fix itself unless you have a congenital defect which it won't fix.
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    Nov 13, 2007 4:39 PM GMT
    Ya I had the same case ! my right pec was more ripped than the left and stronger ..
    while the left was a bit bigger and different in shape but weaker ..
    I think its different because it's not ripped enough .. It just has more mass .
    In both cases .. and especially in yours: you were playing tennis so you were using/training the right pec more than the left ..

    I think you should work on the weaker side of your chest(left one probabely) to make it as strong and defined as your right side ..
    I'm still working on this.. looks like it's working ...
    good luck for you icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 12, 2008 7:31 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidThat's my boy. Hee hee.

    Asymmetry is completely normal. Keep lifting with unbalanced (dumbbells) exercises, and it'll fix itself unless you have a congenital defect which it won't fix.


    I second that motion. Stop using barbells and use Dumbbells as your strong side overcompensates and carries your weak side with barbells. with DB's both sides have to do the same. I had the same problem and DB's cured that.