Last Updated on September 29, 2018
Left to Right Muscle Imbalance
Generally everyone is out of balance cause we were all born with a side we favour over the other. The problem is when we use and develop only that side, which isn’t our fault, we tend to use THAT one side in everything from lifting, opening and closing doors, even when walking.
Basically when you continue to use the nondominant as a supporting character while most of the load is on your dominant side, these little things contribute to the muscle imbalance and over time they become unconscious actions were your non dominant side is neglected, cause not only is it going to makes ur left side weaker but also difficult to coordinate with, which could be a problem for athletes.
A lot of this imbalance has more to do with your neurological system than your muscular system. Strength between the sides of your body isn’t anything to worry about, if it’s big enough to catch your attention when you are working on your fitness in the gym, it might be worth your attention.
For example, if you can do 8 reps of an exercise (hand muscle training etc) comfortably on one side but only three on the other, that’s a sign that there’s a notable muscle imbalance and when doing dual side exercises while the dominant side works normally, the non dominant side struggles to keep up with the right side by contracting muscles from parts that aren’t supposed to function that way and making them.
Pitch in regardless of their primary function causing some serious muscle ache. Another of the noticeable physical symptoms is that the dominant side will appear bigger than the other which will be only really noticeable by you but the more the imbalance grows the more distinct it becomes.
The number one way to correct for muscle imbalances is by including unilateral strength exercises in all of your workouts. These are moves that focus on one side of your body at a time
1. Start with your weaker side first.
When you’re working on one side at a time, start with your weaker side, because you’ll be able to notice how pronounced the difference is when you go to your strong side. This helps you get a better sense of how different each side is, and feel when you’re improving.
2. Use weights that feel right for your weak side, not your strong side.
You should also always make sure the weights you’re using are light enough for your weaker side to lift with good form. Even though it might feel like a breeze for your stronger side, don’t be tempted to lift heavier weight on that side, it’ll just exacerbate the imbalance. Work your way up slowly to get your weaker side up to par.
3. Keep the number of reps the same on both sides.
Just as your weights should be equal, so should the number of reps you’re doing on both sides. It’s OK to give your weak side a break if it needs it. Stop, rest, and then finish out your reps.
The goal is to maintain the muscle mass on the stronger side until you offset the imbalance. So even though that means your stronger side won’t feel quite as challenged, your body will thank you in the long run and it’s about time your weak side got some attention, anyway.
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