Deformed Chest!!

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    Apr 23, 2007 5:25 AM GMT
    Ok guys I need your help. I have been working out off and on for the past 5 years, but in the past year I have been going to the gym everyother day really getting into gettin fit. I have lost about 10 pounds and real excited about that but I have one problem. For the past 3 months I have been lifting wieghts to help tone up. I have noticed that I am finally getting muscle. My question is: Why is one side of my chest(left) toneing up more than my right. My left side I can see a shape as to my right side looks like it is sagging. Why is this? I am right handed, is this the problem, or somthing else. How can I fix this problem?
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    Apr 23, 2007 5:58 AM GMT
    Hi- Not everyone is built with natural symetry, but I asked the owner of my gym and he recommended adding additional weight to the weaker/less developed side, then slowly increasing it by 2.5 pound increments. He also said he would only do this after you have a chest x-ray and an MRI to make sure it is not a congenital problem. Always a good idea to get doctor's approval before starting a new exercise program - Good luck!!!Be well!!!
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    Apr 23, 2007 3:03 PM GMT
    Right upper chest smaller?

    You may have Poland's Syndrom or Poland's Anamoly. It is very rare and mostly happens with males. Look under my repluy under "Symetry."

    I have a mild case of it. I have only seen one case of it with my patients.

    It is not correctable as it is a defect during fetal developement.

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    Apr 26, 2007 9:20 PM GMT
    It may be a congenital defect, it may be a natural asymmetry, or it may be an issue with your natural training. So you have three things to do:

    1. Check with a doctor. (as another poster has suggested)

    2. Use dumbbells and cable machines that allow you to control each arm independently for your chest presses, flyes, crossovers, etc.

    3. This goes along with #2, but add more weight/reps to the weaker side to balance it out... in small increments. If you add too much weight or do too many reps, you might start building a different muscle fiber type and that might not fix the problem.

    And 4. Keep lifting! Even an imbalance on a muscular chest is still a sexy muscular chest that is really an accomplishment, something to be proud of, something to show off, and something for me to touch.. rawr. :)
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    Apr 26, 2007 10:45 PM GMT
    Since he is right side dominant, I highly suspect Poland's Syndrome...

    Poland's Syndrom ocurs as a result of decreased bllod supply tot he R subclavian neurovascular bundle during fetal developement. So you actually have less numbers of muscle fibers to start with.

    Mild cases are mostly cosmetic. I am a prime example. Look at the picture of my chest.. Look at the upper right chest..

    Nothing to worry about unless yuo ahve to compete in bodybuilding shows..
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    Apr 27, 2007 5:42 AM GMT
    Hey thanks you guys for all the adivce. Well I will just keep going to the gym and see if anything improves. I only begun to actually start lifting for about a couple of months. I just noticed it evertime I got out of the shower. I will definitly go see my doctor, got to go for a physical anyway. Right now just trying to cut out the body fat, then tone up. But really guys thank you for all the advice.