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One Lat Bigger Than the Other, What to Do?


hey i have noticed that my right lat is bigger than my left, and i was wondering if anyone had an idea of how to fix this ?

In my experience, some of it is just the way your are built and it will even out over time. At one time my whole left side of my upperbody was significantly bigger than my right. Never did anything special, it evened out eventually. Same experience with everyone I’ve trained who had the issue.

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You’re fine, nothing you can do about your muscle attachments. Most people aren’t perfectly symmetrical.

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i had the same problem with my chest which now is even because i switched to dbs would using unilateral excersises be a possible solution for it ? or atleast a way to make it better?

Might try unilateral as mentioned above with hammer strength equipment if you have access. Most of their pull down/lat equipment is unilateral.


it doesnt look that bad when im flexing only when im just standing hmm

[quote]jonastj wrote:
i had the same problem with my chest which now is even because i switched to dbs would using unilateral excersises be a possible solution for it ? or atleast a way to make it better?[/quote]

no.

I feel like you didn’t read what I wrote. If there is a size imbalance, this can be fixed with unilateral work. If the muscles do not attach symmetrically, this will never change. Example: Arnold’s biceps did not look the same as each other. Ever. Look at old pictures. If he could have made them look the same, he would have. Muscle attachments are what they are.

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i understood what you meant :slight_smile: just on the 2nd picture it seems like they are close in the attachment at the waist, so ill try doing some unilateral and see if that works. if it doesnt then i know its because they just arent symmetrical and there is nothing i can do about it.

Go see a chiro

  • You’re a righty and your right shoulder is definitely tighter and higher than the left.
  • Left is more mobile.
  • If you look at the line of slant for your traps while relaxed, they’re uneven
  • I don’t know who cut your hair but the curve of it matches how your traps are curved from left to right…lol
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from looking at the first picture it’s visible that you have posture defect. Maybe it looks like that because of perspective but it’s highly probable.

Sometimes the size imbalance comes from reaching the last reps in bilateral exercises. If you don’t stop doing set when there is 1-2 reps to failure, the stronger side takes over.

Take one picture when you’re staying straight to the camera naturally, and one with technical position - chest up, double chin, scapulas squeezed down and back, glutes and abs tight.

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[quote]GeeWud wrote:

  • You’re a righty and your right shoulder is definitely tighter and higher than the left.
  • Left is more mobile.
  • If you look at the line of slant for your traps while relaxed, they’re uneven
  • I don’t know who cut your hair but the curve of it matches how your traps are curved from left to right…lol[/quote]

so would some stretching and foam rolling to loosen up my right trap and shoulder help maybe?

[quote]tonaryzu wrote:
from looking at the first picture it’s visible that you have posture defect. Maybe it looks like that because of perspective but it’s highly probable.

Sometimes the size imbalance comes from reaching the last reps in bilateral exercises. If you don’t stop doing set when there is 1-2 reps to failure, the stronger side takes over.

Take one picture when you’re staying straight to the camera naturally, and one with technical position - chest up, double chin, scapulas squeezed down and back, glutes and abs tight. [/quote]

what do you specificly mean with a posture defect ?, and ill keep in mind to stop 2 reps short on failure with bilaterals

it looks like scoliosis and that would explain uneven lats and traps. If you continue training the defects will be increasing. To make it sure, you should take a pictures I mentioned before - maybe from the front too.

Definitely start with the chiro. Let them assess what the imbalances are and what MAY be causing them. It could be something very simple to fix. I always have problems with my lats with ultimately affect my chest. And it is ALWAYS adhesions. Deep tissue work, ART, and a shit ton of water help alot but once I stop going to the chiro it sets back in pretty quick.

*EDIT: The thing about adhesions is once they set in they start affecting other body parts. Then you start to compensate with other muscles and then everything gets screwed up.

I have scoliosis and my right lat is much bigger, any tips how to avoid right lat growing even bigger? I do bodyweight training…

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Yea, I have waited 5 years you guys to answer this op and thought now is the time fix this

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I have been suffering from this same problem since april 2013. I have met with many ortho, therapist but until now this is not leaving me. May 2018 i met with a consultant and he said this is bcz of spine problem. Then i met with a spine speacialist after xray and some machines report, the result was a little spine curve, doctor gave me some exercise for daily routine bt it wae hard to do. And 2013 to 2019 it has been skeletal disorder. Finally i met with a chiropractor, and he is only perfect for this problem. And suggest you to meet with a chiropractor. Dont do workout otherwise your problem will effect to your body. Dont waste your time…my personal experience. Once meet a chiropractor

Plenty of chin ups, invest in a set of dumbbells and do one arm rows.