What do you do when one side of your body is stronger than the other?

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  1. ices

    ices New Member

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    I'm right handed so my right side is much stronger than my left. If i'm doing a movement where I work each side separately (DB rows), my left will fail while my right can go on for a few more reps. What do you guys typically do in this situation? Wait for the left to "catch up" a few workouts later, or work both sides completely?
     
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    do stuff with a barbell instead maybe
     
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    I always start with the left, and let it set the tempo / reps. If I can only do 7 reps on my left I'm only going to do 7 on my right. (db rows)
     
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    wackit with the other hand?
     
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    truth.

    working your right side harder because it can handle more is just going to create a bigger imbalance imo.
     
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    Thanks for the advice. I've been doing as was suggested, so I'll keep on.
     
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    i was about to post that very same comment
     
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    My left arm is weaker than my right, but my left pecs are developed better :dunno:

    I use barbells now to try to even it out :o
     
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    dont do more with your stronger arm because it will continue to get stronger than the other
     
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    y1997 Made in the U.S.S.R.

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    Start all of your sets with the weak side.
     
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    just do what you are doing and it will catch up. and do all your lifts on a straight bar or something. avoid dumbells:dunno:
     
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    It's the opposite way I think. IIRC, the stronger side will compensate for the weaker side giving out and you'll end up with even more of an imbalance.

    Set the number of reps with your weaker side, and match it with the stronger side. DB ftw.
     
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    i used to have the same problem. I have never lifted with dumbells. And now the problem is gone. I guess it might be different for ppl.

    but i see what you are saying. When doing straight bar, your strong hand might compensate for your weak hand. your weak hand will just hang there when the strong hand does all the work.
     
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    My right lat is significantly bigger than my left :wtc:
     
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    Uglybob69 I miss beer.

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    This happened to me, badly. I do a lot more DB work now and it's really helping.
     
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    Same. So lately I've been doing single arm rows and pulldowns. And doing left side first and more reps at same weight... If 12 reps on the left, 8-10 on the right.
     
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