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Problem with Symmetry, I Guess

hey pals
whenever i do lat pulldowns,i feel sore in my left lat and not even noticable in right one…same with lateral raises,when i do them,i can feel my scpulae tightening on the left side and not so much on the right side…i can feel the rotator cuff on the left side but very little on the right…i am in a need of some serious help help…plz guys help me out…what should i do about it???any comments would be highly appriciated.

I don’t know about lat pulldowns.

For lateral raises, a couple ideas: Use a mirror to make sure you’re doing things symmetrically. If one shoulder is weaker than the other, lift as many reps with the weaker side, then repeat the same number of reps with the stronger side (even if you can do more).

Also try using seated laterals, leaning slightly forward; touch all 4 bells together under the bench, then keep the forward lean and raise up. This isolates any asymmetry in the back from the movement.

[quote]john8791 wrote:
hey pals[/quote]

I kid, I kid. :wink:

Not really a lot of info to go on so, sorry, but I’ve got a bucket of questions. What’s your height and weight, and how long have you been training?

Can you do a few basic push-ups without feeling anything funky?

When you say you “feel the rotator cuff on the left side”, does that mean there’s pain? Or you just feel the shoulder muscle itself working/contracting?

Are your shoulder/back/arm/leg muscles visibly different when comparing one side to the other?

Bascially, it could be anything from just a technique problem to a tight muscle somewhere to who knows what. In any case, running through some of these mobility drills wouldn’t be a bad idea:

[quote]LoRez wrote:
I don’t know about lat pulldowns.

For lateral raises, a couple ideas: Use a mirror to make sure you’re doing things symmetrically. If one shoulder is weaker than the other, lift as many reps with the weaker side, then repeat the same number of reps with the stronger side (even if you can do more).

Also try using seated laterals, leaning slightly forward; touch all 4 bells together under the bench, then keep the forward lean and raise up. This isolates any asymmetry in the back from the movement.[/quote]
thnx for the tip brother,i will definatley try this.

[quote]Chris Colucci wrote:

[quote]john8791 wrote:
hey pals[/quote]

I kid, I kid. :wink:

Not really a lot of info to go on so, sorry, but I’ve got a bucket of questions. What’s your height and weight, and how long have you been training?

Can you do a few basic push-ups without feeling anything funky?

When you say you “feel the rotator cuff on the left side”, does that mean there’s pain? Or you just feel the shoulder muscle itself working/contracting?

Are your shoulder/back/arm/leg muscles visibly different when comparing one side to the other?

Bascially, it could be anything from just a technique problem to a tight muscle somewhere to who knows what. In any case, running through some of these mobility drills wouldn’t be a bad idea:


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i like kidding :wink:
my height-5’11.weight-142 lbs,and i have been training close to 4 months,i can do push ups but just feel a little clicking in the rotator cuff region,i can feel rotator cuff on the left side poping up with the bone(actaully the bone is poping up on the left…not on the right)n i can feel the rotator cuff on upper trap contractin harder on left than on right, n ya, my left shoulder is a little bigger than right one…only about .5 cm…nont even noticable if attention is not payed,n ya i think a video will be helpful,i will just take n paste…thank you for your time.