asymmetrical muscle growth

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    Feb 05, 2008 2:27 AM GMT
    been strength training for almost 2 months now and am starting to notice that my left arm is getting stronger than my right, despite me being right handed. what concerns me now though is that my left arm is getting more muscle than my right. its now an inch larger and significantly stronger. is this normal and is there any way i can have my right arm catch up with my left?
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    Feb 06, 2008 2:21 PM GMT
    drop the unilateral stuff aka everything you've been working out that uses both arms at once instead of individually.

    barbell curls => dumbbell curls
    straight bar => one-handed grips

    everything they requires two hands to operate, ditch it, and stick with bilateral machines if you have to (ones that have two arm holds and two weight stacks) and incorporate those more into your workouts and push your left arm more.
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    Feb 06, 2008 3:05 PM GMT
    Single limb exercises, double joint, dual conctraction. EG. incline dumbbell curls, triceps extensions, one arm rows, dumbbell flat bench, side, rear, and front raises, single leg extensions on say a Hammer Strength machine.

    Asymmetry is normal as your body rewires itself for accommodate the physical load. I.e., your nervous system has to undergo adaptation, as well. If you're very right handed, or very left handed, it'll take a while for things to balance out, but, it's not a big deal.

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    Feb 06, 2008 3:25 PM GMT
    concentrate on your form and really focus on the limb that is not performing it often the case that the dominant arm is not receiving as significant a stimulation ie if right handed that places more strength and effort on that side of the body.

    Would suggest you get a few training sessions to concentrate on your form