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    Unequal arm strength

    I have presented this question to several trainers but have never received a definite answer. I am right handed and right everything else but for some reason my curl strength is less in my right arm than my left. There is a small but noticeable difference in bicep size, the left being larger.
    I work both arms individually and equally but the left can always do more repetitions at a lower weight or more weight at one repetition. Only possible issue is I had the right shoulder scoped 20 years go for spurs and impingement. I have no pain in the shoulder when lifting.

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    Well, there's always the Physical Therapy program my range buddies put me through back in college... when we started, my right arm was so undersized and underused I looked kinda like an anthropomorphic fiddler crab. By having me do every drill once with my strong side and twice weak, they put a big dent in making up for almost 20 years of near non-use--to this day I'm still lopsided, but at least I can do all normal tasks with the arm.

    The application for you is, if you can only do say 3/4 of a set at the same weight, maybe split it up as doing 3/4 of a right set, then a left set (maybe just a 3/4 left set), then come back and do another 3/4 right set. I am not a medical professional or even a "fitness" type, so take this with a grain of salt.
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    I’d see a chiropractor. Make sure there isn’t a medical reason, then work on fixing the imbalance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tanksoldier View Post
    I’d see a chiropractor. Make sure there isn’t a medical reason, then work on fixing the imbalance.
    I went to a chiropractor once and last time as a search for a back issue, it only got worse after he did his thing, no thanks. No pain, no present medical issue.

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    If you want your one side to catch up you need to do more work with the week side. It's simple as that. You can even cut the amount of work on the stronger side, do just enough to maintain the strong side. On your week side add another exercise or some sort of technique to increase the intensity for the week side. Once your done with your bicep training run the rack with your weekside.

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