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#265506 - 07/22/06 04:04 AM Re: Eric's Workout Log [Re: Eric4444]
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always nice when you follow a bad one with a good one
Nice going.
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#265507 - 07/22/06 10:11 AM Re: Eric's Workout Log [Re: Cord]
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Thanks Cord.
I think I'm going to shoot for a 250 pound deadlift by Christmas time.
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#265508 - 07/24/06 08:11 PM Re: Eric's Workout Log [Re: Eric4444]
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Another good workout today. Lifted the most ever on the standing shoulder press, 85 pounds. Nothing spectacular but not too shabby I don't think.
My arms seem to be lagging behind everything else, I can't seem to break the 14 inch mark, I've been stuck for almost two months.
What I'm going to do, is replace the the chin ups in my workout B with 2x8 barbell curls. Well, not going to, I did, today. Curled 80 pounds with no problem the first set, only made it to six on the second, so I may drop to 70 pounds.

You know what I really hate? Watching people curl, and swing the bar up, throwing themselves back. Don't they realize they would have much better results if they lowered the weight and only used their biceps to lift it? Seems like common sense to me.
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#265509 - 07/26/06 08:50 PM Re: Eric's Workout Log [Re: Eric4444]
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Excellent workout today, best in a long time, I feel great.
I had a 150 pound deadlift.
Unfortunetly my bench is still stuck around 125.

I have a question, that I really need help with.
As you can see I don't work my traps directly, well my left one is growing out of proportion with my right...and I'm right handed.
Not only are they out of proportion normally, but I CAN'T flex my right trap, at all...it's just as strong, but I can't flex the muscle. I asked my docter about it, and he blew me off saying he doesn't know what it is.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d112/Eric4321/IMG_0374.jpg
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d112/Eric4321/IMG_0372.jpg

Those pictures are about two months old. Since them my left has gotten even bigger and no gains on my right.
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#265510 - 07/27/06 01:17 AM Re: Eric's Workout Log [Re: Eric4444]
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Eric I think you will find that many of us have one muscle larger then the other. For myself my right bicep is 1/2" larger then my left, and even though I'm right handed, my left is as strong if not stronger then my right (weird eh?). Also my left peck is larger then my right peck. I'm sure there are other things as well but these are the two things I notice.

I have tried many things to try to balance myself better and with my biceps I worked out my left more hoping that it would increase itself to balance them out more. In fact this wasn't the case and one of the biggest reasons that I believe my left arm is stronger then my right now. I also tried exercises that concentrated more on my right peck hoping to balance it out and this made no difference as well. Perhaps this is genetics as we all have one larger body part then the other ... we are just designed this way.

Now for yourself this could be the case as well. Or perhaps the exercises you are doing have some incorrect form that is working one muscle more then the other. You may wish to visit a gym and discuss this with a qualified instructor who can watch you work these muscles and then give you his opinion and possible some corrective action. One thing I would do for sure is before doing that exercise use a "light" weight and do the movement over and over and concentrate on that side more. Get a feel for what you are doing and then when you actual lift your set weight, do the same thing ... concentrate on that muscle. Concentrate on it hard and try not to think of anything else ... of course while keeping good form but by concentrating on this side your mind and body should work this side more. Over time perhaps it will grow larger ... maybe not as large as the otherside, but it will grow large enough that you will be the only one that notices.

Just to add, watch a WWE show and pay particular attention to the wrestlers and I think if you look hard enough you will find many of these guys also have offset muscles. In fact I have noticed this on many UFC fighters as well. You are no different that many of us ... though that may not fix the problem but at least you know you are not alone in this.

Give what I said and try and see if that helps over time. Really concentrate on that muscle and start with a light weight. Visiting a professional will also help if you get a chance. And perhaps others on here will have tips that may help you out further.

Good luck and keep up the working out.
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#265511 - 07/27/06 01:21 AM Re: Eric's Workout Log [Re: Dereck]
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Thank you very much Dereck for your reply.

My problem is slightly different though. One side isn't just bigger, the problem is I am physically unable to flex my right trap. No matter how hard I try, I can't even get it to flinch.
i guess it could be something to do with genetics like you said, I just find it odd that I can't move it.
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#265512 - 07/27/06 01:25 AM Re: Eric's Workout Log [Re: Eric4444]
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Are you trying to move it just by flexing it by itself or with a weight. Try flexing it with a light weight and see if you feel anything.

If you can't flex it at all perhaps you may want to visit a sports doctor or possible a chiropractor. I'm not a big fan of these people but possibly you have a pinched nerve that you are not aware of limiting this. Have you had any trauma to this area in the past that you can remember? Also, when you do an exercise are you able to use the exact same weight for both sides?

Just some things to think about.
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#265513 - 07/27/06 01:31 AM Re: Eric's Workout Log [Re: Dereck]
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I've tried flexing it by itself, I've tried flexing it with weight, everything.
My lifts are identical for both sides, it's just as strong it just doesn't grow at all.
I guess I'll have to find a sports doctor. Like I said, I saw my regular doctor for a check up yesterday and asked him about it and he just said "I don't know" and changed the subject.
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#265514 - 07/27/06 01:40 AM Re: Eric's Workout Log [Re: Eric4444]
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If it is as strong as the other side then it all may be genetics. Always get a second opinion from a professional that knows what he is talking about.

My own doctor has been no help when it comes to problems. When I had a bone spur in my left elbow that punctured the bursa sack I advised my doctor that I was having problems lifting and he told me to stop lifting. UHH ... NO!! I then visited a sports doctor, Dr. Randy Gregg, who is a former NHL player and Stanley Cup Champion when with the Edmonton Oilers. He completely understood and I was booked with a specialist that also works with the Oilers. He fixed my elbow up good and I was back at it. Also with Dr. Gregg's help I am booked with the same specialist to do my ACL ... I just happen to be on the waiting list. Also when I crushed the vertebrea in my neck my doctor could not even diagnose this even after x-rays. Dr. Gregg knew immediately and I had a MRI, physio and all of that stuff and then given my options ... which I had to choose to live with as the alternate was surgery and I could be worse off.

Doctors are great for the field they have trained in. Anything to do with sports many if not most GP (General Practitioners) have limited knowledge and why you need to seek professionals who specialize in these fields.

Hope things work out for you Eric.

EDIT: As a note, if you cannot find a sports doctor on your own ask your regular doctor. Remember they work for you and in order for them to take you seriously then you sometimes have to push things. Let them know your concerns and that you want them dealt with. Perhaps he/she can direct you in the right direction.


Edited by Dereck (07/27/06 01:43 AM)
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#265515 - 07/27/06 06:45 AM Re: Eric's Workout Log [Re: Eric4444]
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When you say you cant 'flex' the trap, do you mean as in doing a 'most muscular' pose, or do you mean contracting the muscle to raise the shoulder in a shrugging motion?

If it is the former, dont worry- that is not flexing the upper traps, that is actually stretching them in such a way as to display them, and has no functional repurcussions at all. it probably means that you cannot articulate the shoulder capsule in such a way as to get the angle of stretch necessary.

If you physicaly cannot shrug, or squeeze both shoulderblades together, then you need to worry and take things further. If your pulling exercises feel even on both sides, and you are getting good 'squeeze' in the lats and traps with your back work, then dont worry about it, as the muscle is functioning correctly.

another thing is to look at yourself side on in the mirror- compare both side profiles for postural problems. i would hazard a guess that the side you can 'flex' the trap on, is also the side you sleep on. Am I right?
If so, you may notice that in your side profile this shoulder appears more rounded than the other. Gravity is giving the trap an assisted stretch during sleep if that is the case. If i am right about this, switch preferred sleeping sides.

Switch to dumbell work for your back and traps for 4 months just to be on the safe side, always make sure you do the lifts in front of a mirror to check your form as well.

Thats all I got.
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