I had this problem – my right bicep was bigger than the left. My left trapezius (the muscle right beside the neck and before the shoulder) was bigger than the right. So were my thighs.
So, for laymen like us, this so called muscle imbalance is quite common. What is the big deal then?
- Symmetrical muscles are less prone to injury. Just imagine that – the bigger or stronger of your right bicep, the more likely it will compensate for a weaker left bicep. Without realizing, you may overburden the right bicep. At the same time, your left bicep may further weaken. In cases you need to exert the close amount of strength on both biceps, the left bicep will not be able to take it compared with the stronger right one, making it prone to injury.
- The other reason will be aesthetic value (nicer to view). Body builder and models strive hard for this reason.
So, what are some of the possible solutions for muscle symmetry challenge:
- One of the ways is to go for dumbbell instead of barbell or machine. For instance, take dumbbell each in your right hand and left hand instead of using barbell for your bench press if you want to fix the problem of having imbalance chest muscles. As for thighs, you can opt for lunges instead of barbell squats.
- The other option is to train for additional set for the weaker part. Say, in order to have the right leg catch up in size and circumference with the left, I have worked only the right leg for an additional set or two.
- Sometimes, posture may be the reason causing this imbalance. So, make sure you get the form right in your training.
While boosting the muscle mass of your right leg or arms, continue to work the left ones so that it does not lose strength and flexibility. The result will not happen overnight, or even over the course of a week. As with any training or workout regimen, with time, hard work, and determination, we all can move toward equalizing the size of the muscles.
So, have you looked into the mirror to see which ball is bigger, left or right? I mean….
Your eye balls.
Category: Weight Training
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