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Making my left arm as strong as my right

Discussion in 'Sports Arena' started by ps3ud0, 12 Apr 2006.

  1. ps3ud0

    Caporegime

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    Ive just started going to the gym for the first time in my life, mainly to lose weight (need to lose 2 stones :(), so Im doing about 60mins of cardio 2/3 times a week at the moment and Im quite enjoying it, unsure how effective it is yet (only been doing it for a month) but Im making sure I dont overdo it. My basic routinue is:

    12 mins of running, 'hand cycling thingy', cross-trainer and cycling (and rowing if Im mad) where it has intervals of high/low workout - heard that increases stamina.
    100 situps (60 front, 20 on each side) and about 5x10 of biceps curls using 10KG...

    Sound good/bad?!?

    Anyway Ive just started to do some weights aswell just to break it up and perhaps prevent me turning into a skinny runt, but Im having some problems with it. Basically my left arm seems alot weaker than my right (I am right handed :p) and so find some exercises difficult to do as it usually gives way much quicker than I want/need it to.

    What can I do to increase the strength of my left arm? - Ive been advised not to train it more than my right and to make sure I maintain good technique whatever Im doing. I just cant see how to do it and wondering if its just gonna hold me back...

    P.S. While Im at it - are there any Vega dieters/gymsters out there? I dont eat any meat or egg and Im unsure how to really reduce my calorie intake without just reducing portions and ensure Im eating a high protein, low fat diet to boot :confused:

    Soz for all the questions - new to this - hoping you guys can point me in the right direction - looking to lose the weight by June if I can :)

    TIA

    ps3ud0 :cool:
     
  2. Rich_L

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    Must not post obvious answer :p

    I'm no weights guru, but I've heard it mentioned that you should 'tire out' your strong arm slightly by doing a few reps on that arm alone, then doing exercises involving both arms which allows the left arm to catch up a bit.
     
  3. panthro

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    so many jokes to answer the title...........
     
  4. oddjob62

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    Just keep training both arms the same amount. It may take time, but the left will catch up.
     
  5. _PD_

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    Must... restain... naughtiness...

    Your body will never live a limb behind, as it were. It'll even itself out no matter what you do. Having said that, your right arm will probably always be stronger.
     
  6. Morba

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    good technique and free weights would be my advice.

    machines will allow your stronger arm to take the weight a bit more, where as free weights wont.
     
  7. //Mike

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    I have spent the last 10 minutes looking for that cartoon of a guy with a really beefed up right arm and a stick for a left arm with suitable caption underneath :p.
     
  8. asim

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    Dumbells and barbells rather than machines I'd say.

    Everyones got that slight imbalance thing going. I know exactly how it is in all my muscle groups :rolleyes: but the best method to bring them up equally is to train both sides the same.
     
  9. ps3ud0

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    Bugger - never even noticed :p

    Cheers for the replies - I guess its all gonna take time, just frustrating sometimes - good idea regards 'tiring' my stronger arm, but I guess that could make the difference even bigger...

    Any further ideas regards diet though :confused: - might stick that in a seperate thread as its annoying me that I cant eat much cheese, but thats the main source of protein outside soya for me...

    Im waiting ;)

    ps3ud0 :cool:
     
    Last edited: 13 Apr 2006
  10. A2Z

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    ^^

    Do you look something like this?

    [​IMG]
     
  11. //Mike

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    He's found it! :D
     
  12. Zip

    Capodecina

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    Im being serious here....no really i am :p

    Masturbation will have your left arm caught back up in no time.
    Im right handed with everthing but the flick of the wrist and my left arm is bigger and stronger then my right arm :o

    Now off you go and TUG TUG TUG!!!! :p
     
  13. Gilly

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    Location: I'm back baby!

    :D
     
  14. ps3ud0

    Caporegime

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    How many sets/reps would you recommend for this regime oh wise one? :p

    ps3ud0 :cool:
     
  15. Zip

    Capodecina

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    2 or more times a day :o


    More=bigger arm :p
     
  16. alexakasloth

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    Do you think the 'arm down below' will grow aswell with this regime :p
     
  17. georges

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    .. I was tempted :D
     
  18. brocksta

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    personally id stick to barbell curls. This will force your weaker arm to work more. If you dumbells your more likely to work your stronger arm harder than your weaker arm.