Muscle asymmetry happens to very many people, but in most cases the problem is easily taken care of. Here is how.
One question I’m asked very often is what to do when there is a noticeable difference in the two mirroring sides of a muscle. Like when one pec is bigger than the other or the left biceps being smaller than the right.
The solution lies in training the sides independently and never forgetting that this muscular asymmetry is most apparent to yourself and hardly anyone else:
Again: don’t sweat it. When was the last time you stood still in public, with bare upper body and in a bodybuilding pose? If you aren’t planning on participating in bodybuilding competitions, there is little reason for you to worry about smaller or even bigger bits of asymmetry.
Exercises For Muscle Asymmetry
Nonetheless, and as hinted in the video, here is a list of exercises that will allow the weaker side to catch up and balance both of them out over the long run:
|Body Part With Asymmetry||Exercise To Alleviate It|
|Upper Chest||Inclined Dumbbell Presses|
|Front Shoulder||Shoulder Presses|
|Side Shoulder||Side Raises|
|Rear Shoulder||Rear Delt Raises|
|General Back||Dumbbells Rows|
|Hamstrings||Seated Leg Curl (requires machine)|
|Calves||Single Leg Calf Raises|
What You Can’t Cure
One form of muscular asymmetry you can’t cure. It’s the alignment of the ab muscles, meaning when the two sides don’t line up perfectly and the “ribs” aren’t at the same height. This unfortunately can’t be changed, as the position of the muscles is genetically determined.
But for you to notice this problem you must have a six-pack already and that will have more people marveling at than the lines not perfectly being at the same height. Or did you ever meet a girl saying, “gosh, his six-pack would be so hot, if only his abs lined up”?
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