Muscle imbalance is worrying me

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  1. therogerfan

    therogerfan Rookie

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    So, as the title suggests, I have been going to the gym since september and have got significantly stronger. The only exercise I can't really do well is dumbbell curls. Both arms have become much stronger, but left arm is still much weaker when performing curls. It isn't noticeable when doing chin-ups and pull-ups, however, it is when doing BB curls, as the left arm gets tired much quicker. So, share your experience, I need your advice
     
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  2. OKUSA

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    are you right hand dominate? if so then you can't do anything about it other than to train your left arm more than your right. but even then it might not be enough because you have stronger neurological connections to your right hand
     
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  3. OrangeOne

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    After playing tennis through my teens (not even a lot of tennis back then, but enough), when I started at a gym in my early 20s I noticed the massive imbalance on my left (non-dominant) side.

    Playing any one-sided sport will lead to more of an imbalance than people have naturally. It took me maybe 2-3 years of lifting to get some level of balance in the arms. Even then, my right arm will always be stronger, but now it's just less so.

    As to how to fix - just make sure you work the left arm appropriately hard, the gap will slowly even out. Make sure in 'joined' exercises - like barbell work - that your weight is going up at the same speed on both sides. This will likely mean that the weaker left arm is working proportionally harder than the right, which will indeed promote more growth....
     
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  4. Hoffer

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    To help lower the imbalance do one arm exercises. Ex: dumbbell preacher curls, hammer curls, dumbbell incline curls, etc. If you work in the 4-8 rep range and do each rep as slow as humanly possible, you will quickly gain strength and the imbalance level will lower. It isn’t dominant in exercise like chin-ups and other exercises when you’re using both arms because your stronger arm is working harder and making up for your weaker arm.
     
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    Thanks for your contribution. It is kinda strange however, that one of you has advised to do dumbbell exercises, whereas the other - barbell exercises.
     
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  6. Slazenger07

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    Playing tennis for years is going to leave you with a difference in the size of your muscles. After muscle building for 3.5 years and making big gains Ive noticed that my left arm is noticably bigger and a little stronger than my right arm and this is no doubt from playing tennis since I was 5. My left pec is also bigger than my right one but they are almost equal strength.

    What I would do if youve got a big difference in strength between left and right sides of you body is use more dumbbells. When you do curls make sure you get as many reps in with the weaker arm as you do with the stronger arm, using dumbbells for chest presses will ensure that both pecs are doing equal amounts of work, plus most people I think find dumbbell presses to be a better chest exercise because it decreases the involvment of your triceps and anterior delts and puts more stress on the chest.
     
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