Go heavy fool wrote:
Train the weaker muscles maximally and don’t exceed that with the stronger muscles to try and balance things out.
truer words never spoken. Single limb work, training the weaker side setting the benchmark for the work performed by the stronger limb, as well as direction of action, balancing the push with the pull, will do a lot to correct and avoid any one sidedness. try going to all single limb for everything for a while.
These above posts are along the right track. But, you need to reverse the process. The reason most people have smaller muscles on one side than the other is because of compound exercises. Learn to use dumbbells more ofton to correct these weak points.
Using a compound movement will only make it worse if you have a severe indifference.
A good exercise would be one arm push ups for the triceps. You can even use both arms if you are not strong enough to do a one arm push up, just use the stronger arm as balance and push with the weaker arm.
Lots of one arm dumbbell kickbacks and dumbbell extensions. Start with the weaker arm first and go to failure, then do the stronger arm and do the exact same number of reps. Do this until you are equally balanced.
To reverse this weaker side into an equal side means to work it maximally and to work the stronger side minimally. This will correct the imbalance. Work them the same and you will have an imbalance.
Since I have shoulder issues with pressing movements, I use only dumbells for chest and shoulder presses. For tricep-specific exercises, I vary the exercises from french curls (regular and reverse grip - my favorite) to all sorts of one-arm dumbell exercises. I never do the same exercises 2 weeks in a row. It sounds like I should stick to one-armed dumbell exercises for awhile and make sure the left arm, which is only a hair weaker, keeps up. Would that be the correct understanding?[/quote]
Pretty much… I also agree with the other two guys about training the weak arm maximally and the stronger arm will just have to suffer for awhile until the weak one catches up. I had your problem awhile back. I fixed it in like 2 months. All I did was dumbbell kickbacks. A ton of them. Pure isolation on that tricep and it finally caught up when I trained it to the max. No I did not train the stronger barely at all. Always lets sets and even the same or less reps with the same weight.