Professor X wrote:
Lateral holds? Single arm presses?
Are you lifting weights or trying out for a circus routine?
I have big traps as well and they are to the point where I may need to back off from training them so much. My shoulders are big enough for now for them to look balanced, but much more and that is all I will be known for.
What happened to the usual stuff that has worked for a century…like regular overhead presses, lateral raises (not holds), bent over laterals and shrugs?
Though I agree that the basics are in order, I don’t think single arm presses are out of the ordinary. I incorporate them into a cycle every now and then to prevent my dominant side from becoming overdeveloped. In fact, I went 2 months with just unilateral shoulder work. It helps to prevent muscular imbalances in my opinion. [/quote]
If you are using dumbbells and you still have one side growing faster than the other, that points to a physiological problem on your end or a problem in how you are performing the exercise.
You hear of imbalances occurring when using BARBELLS because the stronger side can take over most of the weight. This is not an issue with DUMBBELLS. This is also not usually an issue in people who have been training for years unless they never adjusted their training in the beginning to allow the weaker side to catch up.