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left arm way behind right arm in strength
« on: January 05, 2013, 09:09:50 pm »
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my left arm press is way behind right arm in strength, especially shoulder press.  What is the best way for left arm to catch up with right arm without having to stall the progress of right arm gaining strength?
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Re: left arm way behind right arm in strength
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2013, 11:25:16 pm »
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Dealing with the same thing atm. You want to use dbs to bring up the weak side. You don't want to do more reps with the stronger side so let the weaker side determine the number of reps. If your weaker side fails at 6 reps, you don't want to do 8 with the strong side even if you have more reps in the tank..

Do more sets with the weaker side which will give more stimulus for growth. This is controversial because some ppl think you should do do the same volume on both sides but let the number of reps be determined by technical failure of the weaker side. But I don't agree with this - what's the danger, that the weak side will become too strong? If that even happens then that's a great thing given then the original problem.

My strategy is also heading towards doing no barbell work because bilateral exercises just seem to make the imbalance worse. Alternatively if you want to keep doing bilateral work for some reason, i'd take some weight off until you can do it symmetrically. But why bother, you can do db bench press, db ohp - nothing special about barbells, and if you do barbell presses with significant muscle & strength imbalances you're just going to get injured (happened to me recently doing ohp).
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Re: left arm way behind right arm in strength
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2013, 01:40:20 am »
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i see, the way i've been doing it is less weight and more sets with my left.  Because at a certain amount of weight, my right arm can do 10x but my left arm can barely manage 2x.

Also, do you point your elbows out on single arm db shoulder press?  I tend to to point my elbows in so that the the db is more parallel with my toes rather than pointing the elbows out (the way one normally does it with 2 db's at same time or the military press where elbow is also pointed out).

so basically the starting position is like the way this guy does it except i don't push with legs:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9Xse_cO_iM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9Xse_cO_iM</a>

however, in some tutorials people do it like this:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvanude6fqs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvanude6fqs</a>


it just seems like the 1st one, the form is a lot more natural and it feels better for my shoulders.
« Last Edit: January 06, 2013, 01:47:47 am by UAcompression »
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