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Weak Left arm during chest exercise

Discussion in 'Weight Training/Bulking' started by citrixmeta, Apr 20, 2004.

  1. citrixmeta

    citrixmeta Well-Known Member

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    hello everyone..

    signed up at a gym a few days ago, today was my 2nd session

    !!! CHEST DAY !!! YAY!! :claphigh: :claphigh:

    well, to keep it short, i was basicly doing all sorts of chest workouts

    8 reps heavy, 1 minute break, 10% heavier weight till failure.

    bench (inc./decl.) , fly's etc...


    whats ticking me off is my left side is giving up on me while i can still continue with my right. I mean, my spotter can pass by and push on my left side a bit and i can complete the rep.

    any suggestions?
     
  2. chicanerous

    chicanerous Elite Member
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    Use dumbells, and stop when your left arm fails. Your right arm will stay as strong as it is while your left arm catches up.

    It is very important to have as close to equal pushing strength with chest exercises.
     
  3. citrixmeta

    citrixmeta Well-Known Member

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    gotcha! but i wonder why im having this problem :(

    is this a common problem? anything i can do on off days to workout the left arm?
     
  4. ThatOldGuy

    ThatOldGuy Well-Known Member

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    It's very common. It's also the reason that I prefer free weights over the Nautilus type machines. With the machine, the dominant side will do most of the work and the weak side never catches up. Free weights force balance between the two sides.
     
  5. Sole

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    ^Agreed. A very common problem...I had the same problem with my bicepts. Stick with DB exercises for a while and your lagging side will catch up.
     
  6. Trydent

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    Hand Dominance


    Left handed people have the same problem. For example. I am right hand dominant. For 30 years, my right hand has been the hand that I write with and use for most everything. So naturally it will be stronger than the left. I have a left handed friend at the gym who is the same way. His right arm fails before his left.

    Don't sweat it. The weaker side will catch up in time as long as you quit you reps when the weak side fails.
     
  7. AMR

    AMR Well-Known Member

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    Only your second session.

    it should even out given time.

    Paitience Grasshopper.
     
  8. teencraft

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    don't do anything (I mean weights, etc) more to your left arm during off days. This will just over-train them and be counter-productive. Do what everyone else says to and you will be fine.
     
  9. PecMan

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    You'll have the same problem with your legs...one being stronger than the other. On the leg machines I'll just work one leg at a time instead of both legs together. When I began doing this I was surprised to learn that it was actually my left leg that was stronger (I'm right handed).
     
  10. chicanerous

    chicanerous Elite Member
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    Not necessarily, but most likely.
     

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