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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

By: Nick Tumminello Added: January 6th, 2014
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    right arm stronger than left...

    My right arm is about 4 pounds stronger than my left, hand due to the fact that i'm right handed and play alot of tennis.

    but my question is how would you go about trying to gain more mass on both arms, when your right arm is stronger than your left? it's really hard trying to lift heavier weights when your left arm can't keep up with the same amount of weight as your right arm.

    would i have to work out more on my left arm first before i can really start lifting heavier weights? I don't want to leave my left hand unequal to my right in terms of size and strength. But i also want to start gaining more muscle on my body and not waste precious days working mostly on my left hand.

    ps: sorry for such a noob question i just want to know everyones opinion on this.

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    Just work with the weight until you can progress with both hands.
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    Jeremy Vincent;
    Too help the weak arm ,add 2 and an half pounds on the bar where the weak side is, work out with a lighter weight for a couple of weeks and you will see the diffence in that arm when you go to equal weight on each side of bar.
    try this out.

    Butch

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    As far as i am aware you should never have more weight on one end of the bar than the other it can do bad things to your joints as well as making only certain muslces work than others. Just keep lifting heavy and they will catch up. ive been training about 2 1?2 years and still have 1 arm slighlty stronger than the other but they are the same size roughly so itll get there eventually just eat, lift and sleep
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    Quote Originally Posted by Butch
    Jeremy Vincent;
    Too help the weak arm ,add 2 and an half pounds on the bar where the weak side is, work out with a lighter weight for a couple of weeks and you will see the diffence in that arm when you go to equal weight on each side of bar.
    try this out.

    Butch


    never put more weight on one end of the bar.


    if your having problems with left hand being weaker, dont up the weight until it can keep up. i have the same problem when doing bench press, chest press, etc... on my last reps, the right hand side of the bar would reach its point before lefty does.

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    If it's really a problem for you, make the left arm the begining and stopping point. When the left arm gives out, then stop the exersize.

    Example:
    If you do DB bent over rows, start with the left side and do as many as you can. Then when you go over to the right side, only do as many as the left side did even if you think you can do more.

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    as is stated, just stick with the weights you're at until both arms are equal, don't do more weight with one arm than the other, you're aiming for a further misbalance between them that way.

    by working the same weight until both arms are equal, you're allowing the weaker arm to catch up, which is what you want.

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    Bench

    Come on Guys;
    I have done this in the pass putting on 2 and a half pounds on one side, this is not a much difference and will not damage anything, I am not saying heavy weight here , but a weight that you can do 6 sets of 8 with and still have energy lift over.
    This will help the weak side a bit.

    Butch

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    But surely if you are using a bar instead of dumbells then your stronger right arm will dominate, therefore being worked harder, therefore your left arm will not catch up?

    Oh yeah, and dont put extra weight on one side!

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    Don't listen to Butch. Listen to everyone else.
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    bench

    Jeremy Vincent;

    I am wrong, too many aganist me.
    Everyone has their own way and you will find yours that works for you, but taking advice from others is good.

    Butch

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    Everyone has their own way and you will find yours that works for you, but taking advice from others is good.
    Dangerous advice is never helpful.
    "The only easy day was yesterday."

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    "Taking advice from others with a grain of salt is good" would be a little bit more accurate.
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    scarz of pain;

    I get the point,rub it in bud.

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    alternate hands when you masturbate
    Last edited by Sidior; 10-12-2005 at 12:59 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidior
    alternate hands when you masturbate

    haha only you would know...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sidior
    alternate hands when you masturbate
    i agree if you think most have been masturbating with one arm since a child now thats a good few workouts a week for many years and then people wonder why they have one arm stronger than the other.
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