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Old 07-22-2011, 01:14 PM   #1
Joshua Ruwet
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How to handle the weaker arm.

Think I know the answer to my question, but want to check...

For reference, I am definitely much stronger in my right arm versus my left. This is terribly obvious when doing bench, military press, push press, etc. This is really noticeable as weight increases, and at times, I can feel the bar drop/starting to fail on my left way before my right.

With that in mind, is there any way to focus on the left to have it "catch up" to the strength of the right? I think common practice is to exercise both together until the weaker arm is on par with the stronger. Just curious as I'd like to have my neglected, pathetic left arm join the strength of my right.

I'm feeling like the character in M Night's "Lady In The Water" who only works out one arm. Something like this http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshsommers/418363049/ ...OK, maybe no that bad.
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:34 PM   #2
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Re: How to handle the weaker arm.

You might also want to do more dumbell work so that one arm doesn't rely on the other. DB Bench instead of Barbell Bench etc.
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:22 AM   #3
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Re: How to handle the weaker arm.

lighten the weight to loads that you can lift with perfect form, then gradually increase loads without sacrificing form.

your weak arm will catch up.
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Re: How to handle the weaker arm.

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lighten the weight to loads that you can lift with perfect form, then gradually increase loads without sacrificing form.

your weak arm will catch up.
Yeah - this is pretty much what I've heard and thought to be the case. Just didn't know if there was any precedent for actually working out one side harder than the other in hopes for it to "catch up". My guess is that although this sounds like it would work, it probably results in some type of asymmetry or adverse effect overall.
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