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Training despite having an unbalanced back (asymmetric)

I have an asymmetrical back, it is not really visible when relaxed, but I noticed that I can easily contract and pop up my right deltoid while the left one, is impossible. A doctor told me that after ...
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Correcting imbalances (outterrotated legs) [closed]

Because of imbalances in my hip, my right foot is pointing more out to the side than the left foot is. I am thinking that if I do squats or kettlebell swings with high symmetry and my feet more ...
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Causes of muscular imbalance?

I've been noticing a slight imbalance with my back for the past few months. It is a very slight difference I.e. when doing 40kg dumbell rows right side feels like it still has 1 or 2 reps in the tank ...
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Pull up imbalance

I noticed that my pull ups are not symmetrical, I am going a bit to the right. I want to know where is the problem, is it stretch/mobility issue, or is it from muscle strenght, and if it is, what ...
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Why does the barbell remains tilted to the right at the end of the jerks of Zarina Gusalova?

Zarina Gusalova does not adjust the grip in between the clean and the jerk. Yet in her lifts the barbell remains tilted to the right side at the end of her jerks. This is especially visible in her ...
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If a child scooters everyday, does it make one leg of him/her larger than the other?

My six-year-old daughter scooters every day for about an hour. She feels very comfortable scootering with her right leg on the scooter and refuses to switch legs. My question is: If she keeps doing ...
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Does anyone know of a comprehensive exercise / stretching program that restores proper muscle balance and flexibility and releases tension? [closed]

The goal is health not so much strength, but being able to continue the program and build strength without sacrificing muscle balance would be a big plus. I'm thinking there would be some way to ...
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Reasons to train lower body

Why train legs? As an Olympic lifter this sounds like a ridiculous question to me, because that's just about all I do. However, when met with this question, I couldn't find any non aesthetics based ...
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How much back work is required to counter-act high volumes pressing

What is the minimum amount of scapular work one needs, in order to maintain good posture when doing extremely high pressing volume, considering one starts with a back strength on elite level and a ...
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Yoga for Muscle Gain?

So, I'm not exactly a gym-going kind of guy; I like outdoor action sports like trail running and mountain biking. However, I've come to a point where all this lower body exercise has made me sort of ...
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Muscle imbalance at latissimus dorsi

I am right handed so when I learned a scapular retraction cue, I was able to execute better and more with my right shoulder, and because of that, I exaggerated and overused it with my right shoulder. ...
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Identifying weak muscles in a muscular imbalance

How can I identify the weak muscle or muscles in a muscular imbalance? The imbalance is in my shoulder-area, if that helps.
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Is planking with a weightlifting belt beneficial?

I have anterior pelvic tilt so whenever I do any sort of ab work, my psoas muscle takes over and I feel intense pain in my lower back. I have tried to activate my abs by planking but my stomach sags ...
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Train hamstrings unilateral?

In my opinion, it's pretty much like common sense that it can be quite effective to not only train bilateral (Squats, Bench Press, Bent over Rows, Deadlifts) but also unilateral (Split Squats, DB ...
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How can someone improve grip strength?

During dead-lifts, when the barbell is in its highest position (off the ground), I'm loosing my grip. I try my best to hold tight, but I can't stop my fingers from uncurling from around the bar. ...
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How to maintain evenness of muscles while driving manual car

So lately I have been commuting to work in my manual transmission car for 1.5 hours each way (yes I know but it's only for a year long placement) and I notice that it is a lot more effort for my left ...
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I can row more than I can squat. Am I doing something wrong?

I've been doing barbell strength training for a few months. I've been doing some progression programs and trying to improve my form. After a few form checks with professionals, I am confident that my ...
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Can knee flexion exercises improve hip extension strength?

I have hyperlordosis from being seated for much of the day. I understand that I need to stretch my hip flexors and lower back and strengthen my abdominals and hamstrings/glutes to help reduce the ...
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One butt muscle is getting bigger

I'm 20 yrs old and been working out, doing leg and butt workouts. I'm seeing great results on my left buttcheek, it's getting bigger, with more muscle and its firm. on the other hand, my right ...
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hip and oblique muscle imbalance

I have a strength imbalance in both side of my hips as well as obliques. For this reason, I tend to descend somewhere towards left (my stronger side) and not in the middle during squats. I also find ...
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Totally ditching chest training

What are the implications and negative side effects of NOT training the chest muscles? I train my entire body from the jaw and neck down to the feet but I'm thinking on making the pectoral muscles ...
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Lifting heavier weights with my right arm

I have differently shaped shoulders through a disability so I purposely work my right arm with heavier dumbells. What is the consequence of doing this to the left side of my body? I mean is there ...
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Focus on 1 muscle group or not

I am thinking of building some muscle to help burn off the excess fat on my body. Of every part of my body, my abdomen has the most fat. So, I was thinking of focusing on my abs and obliques. But I ...
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left and right shoulders are asymmetrical

My left and right shoulders are asymmetrical. My left shoulder seems attached with my upper chest perfectly whereas my right shoulder and upper chest has a gap between them. How can i make them equal? ...
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Best isolation exercises for general routine

I follow a very basic routine of squat, deadlift, pull-up (weighted) and bench press, and have for many weeks. What are some isolation, muscle-specific or machine exercises to 'fill-in the gaps'? ...
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Do handstand push-ups hit all the three shoulder heads?

I started working out with calisthenics recently, and I want to workout my shoulders using only hand stand push-ups. Will that be enough to have good looking strong shoulders? Thanks.
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How to stop relying on dominant leg in squat?

For a while I've noticed that I lean a lot on my right leg during my squats and it went on for a while. I am currently squatting 200lbs, which is great, but lowering all the way down to 145 and I ...
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Shoulder strength imbalance after injury [closed]

A few months ago I injured my right shoulder (collar bone area) playing contact sport. I haven't played or done much training at all since then. I joined a gym recently and they did a body ...
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Safe use of minitramp to develop hip and lower leg/for mobility in older deconditioned subjects

I've read high praise for this activity, and tried it a little bit in a gym. Not many people seem to do it. A good minitramp is very expense. Is it worthwhile to acquire one? How can it be used safely ...
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When is isolating certain muscles beneficial?

I have heard that isolation exercises are pointless by some, and that total body workouts are to be abided by. I must digress as, for example, what if supporting muscles are strikingly weak? I have ...
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Front/Back imbalances

Is there some combination of exercises that "automatically" will improve on front/back imbalances in the body? How important is form for improvement of front/back imbalances?
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Can alternating grip result in muscle imbalances?

I have been taking my strength seriously the last 4 months and managed to get my deadlift from 55kg to 117.5kg. I have also ditched wrist straps and use alternating grip as it allows me to actually ...
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Next to no glute / hamstring activation when squatting

What to do? Even when squatting without weight, I just feel like the quads are doing 99.8% of the work. Lately I've been having some discomfort while squatting with higher weights. Is there a way to ...
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What are good exercises to balance Muaythai?

While Muaythai is basically a full-body sport, my feeling is that it's no sport that developes the whole body equally without imbalances. I notice this most strongly about my legs and maybe the lower ...
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How to compensate swimming overload in the gym?

I'm looking for exercises which can help me compensate muscle overload generated by swimming (mainly crawl). I crawl about 3 to 4 times a week and I want to focus on that style. I heard that you ...
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Are Dumbbell Bent-Over Rows alone enough pull to counteract Push-Ups?

For reasons explained in other posts and not relevant here, I am only doing now Push-Ups and Dumbbell Bent-Over Row (and Air Squats). For the rows I use a nearly empty dumbbell for the moment. That ...
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How to asess and correct imbalances in the body [closed]

I suspect I have a lot of imbalances in my body causing pain. How do I assess and correct them? I expect to consult a professional, so what kind of professional is part of the question. (Regular ...
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Dealing with muscle imbalances

Just recently I noticed that I have a muscle imbalance in my chest. Even though I am right-handed, the left side of my chest (upper pecs, shoulders) are much more defined than my right. This mildly ...
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What's the best back exercise to balance out the dumbbell press from the profile?

In order for the body to have a balanced look I believe in doing exercises in pairs. For leg extensions I will also go leg curls. For arm curls I'll do cable tricep pushdowns, etc. But what is the ...
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Where can I find stretching exercise information where it tells you how far you need to go?

I’ve been reading The Complete Guide to Stretching recently in an effort to help find some solutions to muscle aching problems I have. The hypothesis I’ve been operating under is that I have muscle ...