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soxfan1112 03-28-2013 01:19 AM

Muscle Imbalance
A couple of weeks ago I realized that the right side of my body has a much more forward posture than that of my left side. I have been lifting consistently for about a year and a half now and while the left side of my body has developed nicely, my right pec, trap, lat and delts only look developed when my shoulder droops forward. I didn't notice this until I started packing on serious mass and noticed that my right pec was very undeveloped (bad form benching, dumbbells, etc). Now, as I try to correct my unbalanced muscles, I am confused as to how and how much to lift. I am worried that if I drop weight to 'redevelop' my right side, I will lose significant poundage on my left side but at the same time am left wondering whether muscle is only lost from lack of activity, not lighter lifting. I know dumbbells are known to automatically fix muscle imbalance, but I've been using dumbbells all along (I'm pretty sure my left side over compensated for my bad form ie my left shoulder blade was completely on the bench, while my right was hanging slightly off.) I know I should have fixed my form to begin with, I just always blamed genetics rather than posture (facepalm).

Excel 03-28-2013 08:03 AM

If your right side is actually physically weaker, there might be a nerve compression issue that you haven't noticed until pushing for performance. A skilled chiropractor might be able to help. And of course improving posture and form is good to do also.

BendtheBar 03-28-2013 08:13 AM

Hi Soxfan,

Dropping weight probably isn't the solution. Do you have any pictures of the condition?

Also, what is your current height, weight and age?

Off Road 03-28-2013 09:10 AM

Most of the time this is something more noticeable to your own critical eye and isn't something anybody else would even notice. But every once in a while we see a true imbalance. I think everybody has one arm stronger or one shoulder bigger or one pectoral that's fuller, that's pretty normal stuff. Most of the time the guys just needs to get a little bigger and things will look more proportioned. Pics would help if you are really worried about it.

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