I'm a 22-year-old personal trainer that's just plain stumped! My left peck is noticeably larger then my right pec. I measured both my arms, and there is a difference of half an inch, most likely in the triceps area. Also, my right anterior deltoid looks to be fuller then the left but both lift equally as much. I have tried a variety of techniques that start from rolling my shoulders back during the bench/dumbbell press, not bringing the weight all the way down to use less shoulders, lifting my feet off the floor to lessen the arch in my lower back, etc. I’ve pretty much tried it all, except using more weight, which I refuse to do. Is there any hope?
Well, I have two suggestions:
- You may have a neurological impingement.
- Its just plain genetics.
I doubt you’re training incorrectly, at least not enough to cause that much of a difference (unless you’re being too picky). Our suggestion to you is to ask your doctor or an ART Practitioner (www.activerelease.com) to test the following:
- Cervical spine for malalignment potentially causing an impingement (have you EVER injured your neck, even years ago?)
- Check the nerve roots at the scalenes
- Nerve roots at the serratus posterior/levator
A good practitioner will rule out any nerve impingement, which could possibly be your problem. If all nerves are doing their job, and you're changing your training stimulus, you should have almost perfect symmetry right to left unless:
- You’re too picky.
- Genetically, your fascial sheaths are not allowing symmetrical growth.
I hope this adds hope to your goals!