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    getting traps even

    I have never consistantly trained traps, but am going to start soon. A problem I have is that after years of carrying my bookbag on only my left shoulder, the left side of my lower neck is much thicker than the right. It looks pretty bad. Should I do DB shrugs only with my weaker side for a while?

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    No matter how you do them with DB's or a barbell the other one will catch up. Use the same weight on both sides. Dont worry
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    I'd say use dumbells and face a mirror to make sure your lifting each weight to the same height. Do the same number of reps with each hand and eventually the weaker one will catch up
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    How much do you deadlift?
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    Just using logic.. you should do to failure with your weaker side, and do same reps/sets with the other; eventually they should be near even.

    I've the same problems with my triceps.. I've heard opinions from "don't worry, work both they'll even out" to that I suggested, quite often. Just for self-satisfaction I'm doing weaker-2-max, and same sets/reps with the stronger side.

    Up to you man.. good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Stagg View Post
    How much do you deadlift?
    I don't.

    My routine is

    Day 1- squats, hamstring curls, calf raises
    Day 2- pullups, dips, weighted back extensions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mission View Post
    I don't.

    My routine is

    Day 1- squats, hamstring curls, calf raises
    Day 2- pullups, dips, weighted back extensions
    That is your entire routine? Am I missing something?
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    Ill add to this by saying I carried my bookbag on my right shoulder through my entirety of grades 3-12 and still do sometimes in college and there is a large difference in size (left being much bigger) between the two.

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    You need to do more pulling. Deadlifts and rows will probably fix your problem
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    Quote Originally Posted by XecutionStyle View Post
    Just using logic.. you should do to failure with your weaker side, and do same reps/sets with the other; eventually they should be near even.

    I've the same problems with my triceps.. I've heard opinions from "don't worry, work both they'll even out" to that I suggested, quite often. Just for self-satisfaction I'm doing weaker-2-max, and same sets/reps with the stronger side.

    Up to you man.. good luck.
    I'm using logic too and I fail to see how going to failure on one side and doing sets/reps with the other will somehow magically allow one to catch up to the other.

    Always do the same sets/reps for each side, but base those sets/reps on the weaker side's strength level. Eventually they WILL even out.

    Also, to the OP:

    if you're going to do a 2 day split(rotate through 3 each week...1,2,1..then 2,1,2), do something like:


    1 - Squat, Bench, Deadlift
    2 - Squat, OH Press, Power Clean

    feel free to add in pullups and dips...I don't think much else is really needed though

    (YES, it's the starting strength template...and I love it)
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingWilder View Post
    I'm using logic too and I fail to see how going to failure on one side and doing sets/reps with the other will somehow magically allow one to catch up to the other.

    Always do the same sets/reps for each side, but base those sets/reps on the weaker side's strength level. Eventually they WILL even out.

    Also, to the OP:

    if you're going to do a 2 day split(rotate through 3 each week...1,2,1..then 2,1,2), do something like:


    1 - Squat, Bench, Deadlift
    2 - Squat, OH Press, Power Clean

    feel free to add in pullups and dips...I don't think much else is really needed though

    (YES, it's the starting strength template...and I love it)
    I believe execution is advising to go to failure on the weaker side and then do the SAME sets/reps for the dominant side.

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    if that's the case, then I just misread it and I agree
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingWilder View Post
    I'm using logic too and I fail to see how going to failure on one side and doing sets/reps with the other will somehow magically allow one to catch up to the other.

    Always do the same sets/reps for each side, but base those sets/reps on the weaker side's strength level. Eventually they WILL even out.

    Lol That's what I wrote/meant - Thanks for reading carefully

    Quote Originally Posted by XecutionStyle View Post
    you should do to failure with your weaker side, and do same reps/sets with the other; eventually they should be near even.
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    Nice 2-day split though:
    Quote Originally Posted by KingWilder View Post
    1 - Squat, Bench, Deadlift
    2 - Squat, OH Press, Power Clean

    feel free to add in pullups and dips...
    Last edited by XecutionStyle; 11-18-2007 at 10:58 AM.

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