Left sided weakness

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  1. Marix

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    I have a problem in that my left hand side seems a lot weaker than my right

    Several examples:
    I can curl less weight with my left arm
    I shoulder press less weight with my left shoulder
    When I squat, I can feel my left side giving out more
    If I do one-legged exercises, my left is weaker too

    It's not just about strength though. If I flex my left arm the bicep is nowhere near as hard as the right. It's only about 1/2 inch smaller, so it's not just a size thing. It's as if the muscle isn't activating as much and I can't tense it as hard. It also seems that the bottom part of the curl is fine but my left arm will get stuck half way whereas my right arm is fine.

    The other thing is about co-ordination. If I do lunges or one-legged split squats, I maintain my balance much better with right leg out in front. With left leg in front I am much more unstable.
    Same with one handed dumbell press - my right arm is fine and my left is wobbling about everywhere!

    Is this a common thing? I know that not many people have perfect symmetry, but what about muscle activation?
    Is there anything I can do about this?
    Do things like isometrics, (maximal static force) increase the innervation of the muscle?

    Thanks
    Can anyone suggest an appropriate program or adaptations I could do?
    More sets/less sets, more weight/less weight, more reps/less reps etc?
     
  2. TZ

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    use a barbell more.. :dunno:
     
  3. Marix

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    I switched to dumbells because I felt it might even out the workload between my left and right. I could definitely feel my right side working harder

    Think i should go back to barbell?
     
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    isolate leg/arm on different exercises

    use DBs for arms, single legged stuff (extensions, leg curls, bulgarian split squats)

    and, fuck it, just work the left side with more volume. If you do 8 reps of DB curls, do 12 on the left
     
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    I'd suggest the opposite
     
  6. TZ

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    :rofl: woops
     
  7. Marix

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    What about integrating other exercises?

    Isometrics?

    I know you know a lot about this stuff :cool:
     
  8. Uglybob69

    Uglybob69 I miss beer.

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    I have a major problem with this on my: arm, chest, leg, delts, core, gluts, lats

    I've just been hitting it with a couple extra sets after my workout... seems to be helping marginally. I can see that when I acutally get bigger this is going to be something I need to spend more time on. It sucks... :(
     
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    Uglybob69 I miss beer.

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    :werd: ceaze if you have specific information on specific exercises that don't let you cheat and intigrate the other side (my lat on my right side is just ridiculously bigger and I think I'm using spinal rotation on my left side rows no matter how much I try to focus), I will love you
     
  10. Marix

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    I know lots of people say not to worry about symmetry etc until you are big enough to worry about it. I agree, but when it is actually holding back your progress it seems sensible to address it, right?
     
  11. retorq

    retorq What up bitch??

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    When I first started lifting again I had this issue, I started the exercises with my left first. Then when it came time to swap sides I would only do the same as I did on the left even if I could do more weight or reps. I did it with everything I could, DB curls, hammer curls, DB press, DB rows, kick backs, etc. It evened out pretty quick for me.
     
  12. Marix

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    That's what I'm doing at the moment.

    If I do 10 reps with my left, I'll then match it with 10 reps for my right, even if I could do more

    Think this will eventually sort it out?
     
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    Lol...I have horrible symmetry right now with my left side being LARGER but my right side being STRONGER.....wtf???
     
  14. Marix

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    Yeah, that's why i think it has something to do with your nervous system too.

    Try something for me - tense your right arm as hard as you can and squeeze it. Then do the same for your left. Is one tensing a lot harder than the other?
     
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