Ever looked in the mirror to notice one arm appears bigger than the other? Or perhaps you’re finding that when you’re doing your curls, you can lift 35 pounds in your left hand but only 30 pounds in your right Muscular imbalances are in fact an issue that some people deal with as they progress through their training.
Checkout this great video by Jeff from ATHLEAN-X™ showing us how to combat muscle imbalance.
If you have muscle imbalance, the worst thing you can do is ignore it and pretend that it will go away. Muscle imbalances can lead to bigger problems if left alone, including muscle breakdown and injury. As a physical therapist, I get paid to analyze movement. By watching my athletes run, jump, and train I can see where muscle imbalances exist and help to fix them.
In this video, I show you the easiest and fastest way to fix muscle imbalances by relying on an old fashioned mirror. By training in a mirror you can easily spot the compensations that you use in your training to try and work around muscle strength imbalances.
If you are going to fix uneven muscles you have to start making yourself aware of what might be causing them. As I point out, most unbalanced muscles come from the bad posture that we assume in the other 23 hours of the day that we are not working out. These tightnesses and weaknesses are carried into our workouts and made worse by how we compensate because of them in our workouts.
Imbalanced muscle size is really the least of our worries. Sure, having one arm bigger than the other, or one pec bigger than the other doesn’t look all the great, however the implications go far beyond that. A pec that isn’t as big as the other could be caused by a postural shoulder issue that may ultimately cause your shoulder joint to break down.
Take that example even further and you may not be able to lift overhead for much longer, which can lead to bigger problems down the road and more muscle size imbalance.
The bottom line is, if you want to train for a well developed and balanced body you have to start training like an athlete. Pro athletes cannot overlook any aspect of their workouts.