If you grew up playing sports or if you’re not ambidextrous, you may have muscular imbalances. Even if you aren’t interested in competing in bodybuilding, muscular symmetry between the right and left side is important for injury prevention and for strength building.
By “bringing up” your non-dominant side, you’ll also improve neuroplasticity!
Quick Tips for Fixing Muscular Imbalances
1). Switch to single-arm or single-leg (unilateral) exercises.
2). Start the exercise with the non-dominant side and count the reps.
3). Perform the same number of reps on the dominant side, even if you can do more.
4). Make sure your range of motion and mind-muscle connection are the same on both sides. Video yourself or have someone check your form, if possible.
5). Make sure you push or pull evenly with both sides when performing bilateral movements. Lighten the weight and go slow. Become aware of the muscles firing.
6). Keep measurements and/or pics every couple of weeks. 7). Be patient. It may take 2-3 months for the muscles to become even…but it’s so worth it!