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Nobody in this bodybuilding world is perfect. Even the great Arnold Schwarzenegger had thighs that were a little small (by today’s standards) and a waist that wasn’t exactly narrow. Today’s champions, thanks to the use of insulin, IGF-1, and growth hormone, are exposed much worse than bodybuilders from years’ past. Here are some tips for correcting flaws and imbalances in particular muscle groups.
Thanks to genetics, or a propensity to flex one arm much more than the other, many bodybuilders have a right biceps muscle that is much bigger than the other. Even Arnold suffered from this problem, so it shouldn’t hold you back in competition. Some bodybuilders develop major imbalances, such as the left biceps muscle we saw on Jay Cutler in 2008 and 2009. These may be due to nerve damage or just plain ol’ bad luck. Whatever the cause, they must be addressed. Complete your standard biceps training, then give the weaker biceps an additional 3 to 5 sets of one-arms dumbbell and cable curls at the conclusion of your training day to help remedy this situation.
Heavy free weight work is best for building up the triceps, but it’s hard to do that with just one arm in the waning minutes of your triceps training day. One-arm dumbbell presses behind the head, followed by one-arm triceps cable pressdowns are probably the best bet for adding a bit of beef to your lagging 3-headed beast on the upper arm.
They are already one of the toughest muscle groups to grow – and now you’re telling me you wish to push them even further by growing one more than the other? Adding a few sets to the end of your routine (using one-legged calf leg presses) can be useful, but results are going to be hard to come by. For the advanced bodybuilder, site injections are often the unscrupulous yet most practical way to correct a weaker calf on show day.
One quad being smaller than the other can be deadly in competition. They are just such a large muscle group, visible in so many poses, that judges are going to penalize you for them. One-legged dumbbell squats, leg extensions, and leg presses are all good options at the tail end of your leg day to bring the smaller leg out of its funk.
It can be tricky when you have uneven abdominals. This is mostly genetic, and there isn’t a great deal that you can do to correct them. What you can do is focus upon making sure all of the surrounding body part groups are in complete balance on the left and right sides of your body, then train them as hard as possible and get as lean as possible. The rest is up to the choice of the judges, as to whether or not they will punish you for this genetic flaw.
If one shoulder is bigger than the other, you should first re-evaluate your chest training day and see if your right side is doing more work than the left (or vice versa). After that, you should focus on just a few sets of dumbbell work for the lagging side following your full shoulder training day. You can also use creative posing techniques to keep this flaw out of the judges’ eye.
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