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    I need help with a big symmetry problem

    OK, well when I was about 15 I did a load of weight lifting,
    mainly light-ish weight about 7kg, one set of about 500 reps.
    Obviously I was un-informed about the way's of Iron back
    then.Anyways for whatever dumb reason I did more work on
    my right bicep and my right shoulder and they are a different
    shape to my left and I mean in an exxaggerated way,
    otherwise I wouldn't be concerned. Well my left bicep is a
    different shape and has this little dent/dimple like thing that
    my right arm doesn't.
    My guess is it doesnt because of the extra work or whatever
    that I put on it.And my right arm's middle deltoid is waaaaay
    longer and the whole shoulder is flatter in general than my left.
    I swear both my arms look like they are from completely different
    bodies. The exercises I used were the bicep curl (which I used to
    swing and barely worked the downward part of the lift) and the
    side lateral raise for the delt's. Since those day's I've learned a
    thing or two about weight lifting and I've gotten advice before
    but I just can't fix this problem.
    This has become a huge issue for me, I understand that it can
    be a genetic thing sometimes but in this case its not because
    I have made some improvements but I just cant find the right
    method.I have also tried training using light, medium AND heavy
    weight so it must be some sort of combination or something.
    Hopefully someone here has a huge brain filled with lots of
    mushy goodness and can spill the beans on this rather annoying problem.
    Thanks
    Jackson

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    Train with DBs only. (Bench, curls, tris, shoulders, etc) Use a weight that you can get 5-8 reps on with your left (smaller) side when going to failure. Always stop when your left side fails, but make sure to do equal work on both sides. This way, your smaller side will increase while not losing anything on the right side. Make sure to eat plenty when doing this, and make sure to continue working the rest of your body with squats and deadlifts. Eventually, you will balance out, but be patient, it will take a lot of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drew
    Train with DBs only. (Bench, curls, tris, shoulders, etc) Use a weight that you can get 5-8 reps on with your left (smaller) side when going to failure. Always stop when your left side fails, but make sure to do equal work on both sides. This way, your smaller side will increase while not losing anything on the right side. Make sure to eat plenty when doing this, and make sure to continue working the rest of your body with squats and deadlifts. Eventually, you will balance out, but be patient, it will take a lot of time.
    Awesome advice. Take it.
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    I have a couple of general questions to clarify.
    Firstly what do I do in the event that my right
    (larger) arm fails before my left does.
    And secondly is there another purpose for
    continuing the squat and dead as you mentioned
    or were you just giving me advice on not forgetting
    them in my pursuit of symmetry.
    Also I thank you very much for your help,
    Could you give me a scientifical explanation why this
    works? I would love to hear it, I like to learn and
    know what is going on when I do anything.
    Im way too curious at times, Ive destroyed my
    spleen from overthinking ain't that something.

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    I have 2 more questions before you go on,
    if you can help too. Am I a pain or WHAT!!! hehe
    While I'm working on the shoulders is there any
    way to make them rounded again, shoulders
    look so much thicker and better when they are
    rounded me thinks, the prob here is that 'they'
    especially the right one have become lengthened.
    Also my abs have a weird symmetry problem too
    where my right abs are all small and crappy looking
    and my left are great. I guess one day I just woke
    up and climbed out the wrong side of the grave in
    the symmetry LOL I just couldnt resist.
    cheesy or what , I'm tired it must be forgiven!

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    The right arm shouldn't fail before the left does. If it does come back here and post so, but I highly doubt it will.

    The squats and dead suggestions are just to advice you to be hitting every major muscle groups (lower body too!) with some good heavy compound movements.

    There's no way to change the shape of your muscles. As you add mass, there is a chance that they will appear more rounded however. Also, you cannot isolate the left or right side of the abdominals unfortunately. I too had this same problem with abs, but once I developed them more it went away.
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    I have the same problem with symmetry. My triceps are shapd very different and my pecs have different shapes from each other. But, trust me, youre the only one that will notice it.
    Last edited by BigE54; 01-15-2006 at 11:34 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigE54
    I have the same problem with symmetry. My triceps are shapd very different and my pecs have different shapes from each other. But, trust me, youre the only one that will notice it.
    :withstupi

    My left pec is bigger than my right although on DB presses neither is weaker. No one notices but me. I also think my left bi is bigger than my right but my gf says I am crazy.
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    yeh im sure my left lat is slightly smaller and my left arm but again no1 notices
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    Whats up guys,well I understand where you guys are coming from,
    I have the lats and pecs problem and I know that's just the way
    they are but its not just a size matter with my arms, you see
    my arms are completely different, every single inch from my rotator
    cuffs to my finger tips, and yeah even my hands are, long story.
    Anyhow I think I know what I need now and thanks for everyones
    input. Its just gonna get good from here on.Thanks

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