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Default Workouts or disproportionate arms - 01-10-2011, 01:46 AM

Hello gentleman, I am indeed new here and will do my best to not be the annoying kid spouting off his mouth.

On a related note I have a fairly simple request, I'm 6'3 185 pounds and active in competitive speedball and will be going for 3-4 runs a week once the weather warms up. As I stand today I am a well built individual, in saying that I am nowhere near the size I would like to be, if you see the photo attached you'll get a general idea of my size(yes I know there is a smudge on my triceps; there was water on the lense...I wasn't trying to alter my picture to make myself look bigger)now my first problem is the size difference in my arm, my left arm is significantly smaller than my right, this was caused by an injury I had two years ago involving my breaking plenty of bones in my face and causing some medical duhicky. Because of school, work and of course my pride and job; speedball, I have not had time to work out, now that I will be graduating highschool fairly soon(18 years old) I am setting a goal for myself to be in above average physical shape for the career I would be honored to have(police officer) To sum in up...(yes this was long and dragged out) I would appreciate any workouts or tips anyone could spare to get my left arm to size and make me a bigger and more physically present individual.

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Default 01-10-2011, 07:50 AM

was it an injury to the muscle itself,was it repaired or is it mis-shapen to the other.once you get into a normal and regular routine there is something called muscle memory that will help the left catch up to the right.you might want to concentrate more on dumbell work because the lack of strength in your left will have to be made up by the right if you do alot of barbell work and make the difference worse.


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Default 01-10-2011, 02:49 PM

I agree with Recarp. It should catch back up. Use dumbells like he suggest and don't do more reps or weight on your stronger side. It should even out over time.

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was it an injury to the muscle itself,was it repaired or is it mis-shapen to the other.once you get into a normal and regular routine there is something called muscle memory that will help the left catch up to the right.you might want to concentrate more on dumbell work because the lack of strength in your left will have to be made up by the right if you do alot of barbell work and make the difference worse.
it's just smaller, the injury was to my face after getting jumped. Broke 14 different parts of the left side of my head/face because of it, throughout the multiple surgeries/doctors and specialists they have pretty well all told me that I've messed up a part of my brain that has resulted in many problems like disproportionate core strength(under control), balance(under control0 and one of the last remaining problems that I have which is my disproportionate arms. Before my accident I was a big boy and had no problem getting big but I haven't had time in the past two years to go to the gym, i'm just tired of being to self conscious to take my sweater off. Anyways, thanks for both of your help; I really do appreciate the help.
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Keep us posted and we'll help as much as we can.


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Default 01-11-2011, 03:22 AM

Welcome to the board man. Sorry to hear about the past incidents.

I know it's not the answer you want to hear but I also believe it will even out with time. Just throw in alot of dumbbell or machines that separate the weight load and it will come. I would actually like you to still use a barbell on your main heavy lifts. With good form your body is forced to keep the bar level, so even if one arm is stronger the other will have to put in equal/almost equal force to keep things leveled and balanced. Plus the goal of everyones workout: lift heavy as possible. And barbells are ware the big weights get cracking.

You have a solid base man. What are you looking at right now to work with? Do you goto a gym/how many days a week?
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Default 01-11-2011, 10:57 AM

Welcome aboard man. Sorry to hear about the unfortunate incident. But I agree with the guys above. Isolate your bicep/tricep sets (using dumbells in stead of straight bars) and when your left arm starts to give out try to fight for another good rep (proper technique of coarse) and don't do extra reps with your right arm and everything will eventually balance out. Is the difference in size in width or height? Overhead DB extensions and DB preacher curls are excellent isolated exercises that increase peak of both tricep and bicep heads. Good Luck!


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Welcome to the board man. Sorry to hear about the past incidents.

I know it's not the answer you want to hear but I also believe it will even out with time. Just throw in alot of dumbbell or machines that separate the weight load and it will come. I would actually like you to still use a barbell on your main heavy lifts. With good form your body is forced to keep the bar level, so even if one arm is stronger the other will have to put in equal/almost equal force to keep things leveled and balanced. Plus the goal of everyones workout: lift heavy as possible. And barbells are ware the big weights get cracking.

You have a solid base man. What are you looking at right now to work with? Do you goto a gym/how many days a week?
Thank you, at the moment I don't have time to go to the gym so most of my workouts are 20-40 pound db exercises, push ups/sit ups and going for 12minute-1 hour run

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Welcome aboard man. Sorry to hear about the unfortunate incident. But I agree with the guys above. Isolate your bicep/tricep sets (using dumbells in stead of straight bars) and when your left arm starts to give out try to fight for another good rep (proper technique of coarse) and don't do extra reps with your right arm and everything will eventually balance out. Is the difference in size in width or height? Overhead DB extensions and DB preacher curls are excellent isolated exercises that increase peak of both tricep and bicep heads. Good Luck!
The difference it in width, there just isn't enough muscle on my left arm, I don't have a stubby arm to clear it up. Thanks for you help

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